Leadership opportunities available at Queen Elizabeth College

The opportunity to learn leadership skills and put them into practice is an important aspect of the development of pupils. There is are many opportunities students can step up into leadership roles and some of them will be detailed in this document. There is a firm belief at the College that good leaders are those who serve others. Giving time and help to others is leadership.

Leadership is Service

Students who wish to assume a leadership role at QEC must understand that in doing so, they are committing themselves to working for and with other people. The leadership role is a recognition of the willingness to serve others and to lead. 

The requirements for leadership vary between roles. Although many QEC seniors possess the qualities referred to in this booklet, not all will match the criteria necessary for each role. When considering leadership in the senior school, it is important to match the right strengths with the role they suit the best.

Selection for leadership also varies. Students are given the opportunity to nominate themselves for leadership roles such as Prefects. Students and staff are polled on those seeking Prefect roles and the students must deliver a speech to the school assembly as part of that process. A lot of opportunities to lead emerge through sports teams, cultural groups, camps and days run at school.

Inevitably, at school as in society some students are not chosen for positions to which they aspire. The challenge to them is to recognise the wide range of opportunities available in the school and to explore all avenues. There are many social causes and opportunities to volunteer that students can take a lead on.

Prefect role specifications:

Queen Elizabeth College Prefects hold a very important position in the school and in our wider school community. They are primarily responsible for upholding and enhancing the high standards and culture of Queen Elizabeth College. We are an inclusive school and celebrate diversity, it is important that out prefects exhibit these values.

All Prefects are expected to:

  • Be positive, set high standards, exercise good judgement and adhere to school rules
  • Demonstrate high standards of uniform and attendance, punctuality, and an academic focus
  • Be a good ambassador for the school
  • Be cooperative, helpful, trustworthy and responsible
  • Be respectful toward teachers, peers and the school environment
  • Assist with school assemblies and events e.g. Open Evening
  • Motivate and encourage students to take part in school & house events
  • Show initiative and be able to work as part of a team or as an individual

Head Boy and Head Girl

  • Be exemplary in all duties as a role model, promoting the ethos of the school
  • Lead the prefect team
  • Liaise with the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team
  • Attend weekly meetings with the Principal
  • Represent Queen Elizabeth College at events inside and outside of the school
  • Promote and support House and School events

Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl

  • Act as a positive role model and promote the ethos of the school
  • Assist in leading the Prefect Team
  • Liaise with the school’s Senior Leadership Team
  • Attend meeting with the Principal when required
  • Represent QEC at events inside and outside the school
  • Promote and support school events
  • Support the Head Boy and Head girl when required

Academic Prefect

  • Promote academic excellence
  • Promote the importance of focus, effort and aiming for excellence
  • Develop and promote academic support programmes assist students to achieve their potential
  • Organise and promote House events with an academic focus- e.g. quiz, debates, spelling bees
  • Inform the school of academic success at weekly assemblies

  Arts Prefect

  • Promote creative excellence
  • Promote student involvement in Creative Arts activities: Talent shows, Theatre sports, Art Exhibitions, debating etc.
  • Encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities: choirs, orchestras, drama groups, school productions etc.
  • Acknowledge student’s success at assembly





Community Prefect

  • To foster the community spirit through events and facilities
  • To support events and facilities such as the canteen, library
  • Help with the wider community links, service to others, collections
  • Assist in school wide events such as ANZAC, Pink Shirt day etc
  • Liaising with the wider team if the student community has needs
  • Volunteer time as and when needed


Maori Prefect

  • To promote Maori success in academics, sports and culture
  • To help lead the junior tikanga education programme
  • Be a member and leader of the Kapa Haka Roopu
  • To be a role model for all Maori pupils to aspire to
  • Perform to a high standard in school

Pacifica Prefect

  • To promote Pacifica success in academics, sports and culture
  • To assist the Pacifica students to feel at home in the school environment
  • To be a leading member of the Pacifica performance group
  • To be a role model for all Pacifica pupils to aspire
  • Perform to a high standard in school

I T Prefect

  • To promote the use of Technology in schools
  • To assist staff to ensure that IT policies are being adhered to
  • Assist other students and staff with IT tasks and teaching of skills
  • To promote positive Digital Citizenship
  • To be involved in the ethical discussions that surround the use of IT
  • Promote student issues

Sports Prefect

  • To promote nutrition, health, wellbeing and physical activity
  • To encourage pupils to participate in sports
  • To help advertise and promote sports at assembly
  • To assist in the organisation of House events that instil House spirit
  • To be actively involved in sport at a high level
  • To attend as many sports fixtures as possible to support teams.