At ADHS, we pride ourselves on fostering the leadership potential of our students. We offer a variety of programs designed to develop leadership skills that will serve students well in their future lives.
The ADHS Youth Leadership Program is offered to selected Year 10 students to further develop their leadership in a range of settings. Students act as mentors to students in the junior years working with them as they transition into ADHS from primary school. Youth Leaders visit primary schools and assist in running the Year 6/7 Welcome disco. Youth Leaders then work closely with Year 7 students during term 1 assisting in their smooth transition to high school.
The Disability Awareness Program is offered to selected Year 10 students and forms an important link between ADHS and The Woden School. ADHS students pair up with a Woden School student and form an important part of the social and emotional development of their 'buddy'. They meet with their buddy each week, working with them in class, in addition to attending the Woden School's athletics and swimming carnivals. They also work together at an outdoor education camp at Birrigai. The ADHS students gain an understanding and appreciation of working with someone with special needs, with many students continuing studies in this area at college and university.
The ADVANCE Team is a Year 10 leadership group When introduced at the beginning of 2016, the ADVANCE team was billed as “a new face for Alfred Deakin High School,” - “ADVANCE” stands for “Alfred Deakin Values Advertising News and Current Events” and students in this team shape the public image of the school. They assist with major school events such as Year 7 transition, Parent Teacher nights, Open nights and many other parent information evenings. They also assist with programs held within the school such as assemblies, immunisations, photography, camps, and developing new and exciting initiatives that help shape and promote ADHS within the community.
The Leadership Incursion is an opportunity for Year 9 students who have been selected to participate in the Youth Leadership program, Disability Awareness Program or ADVANCE for the following year. It is held at ADHS late term 4 and during the day long incursion students have the opportunity to bond, plan and develop their roles for the upcoming year and participate in teamwork and leadership building experiences.