Harvest promotes leadership training and development throughout the High School years. Leadership is learnt through experience and through having the opportunity to lead in various spheres of influence. Effective student leadership requires good self-leadership, healthy stewardship and an attitude of the principle of ‘servant-leadership’ as modeled by Jesus Christ. This means displaying a servant heart whereby personal talents, gifts and abilities are used to honour God and edify others before pursuing personal goals and glory.
Servant-hearted leadership opportunities in the High School include, amongst many others, leading daily class devotions in other grades, volunteering for the Student Forum, organizing Interhouse Events, involvement in the Audiovisual Team, serving as a House Captain, participating in the Worship Team, planning or leading local, regional or International missions events, managing a student-run Tuckshop, and being elected to the office of Student Councilor.
The matric leadership and Student Councilor structure includes all matric pupils who each have an opportunity to lead in their sphere of interest and influence. Each pupil will choose to serve on one of the following teams for the duration of their leadership/Grade 12 year:
- Sport Team
- Student Forum Team
- Cultural Team
- Media Team
- Spiritual Team/Worship Team
- Community Service Team
Councillors are elected at the end of Grade 11 by the school according to the Norms and Standards set out for councillors at Harvest. Additional councillors may be added during the course of the year where pupils respond to the leadership opportunities. The Head Boy and Head Girl is elected and announced at the end of each year. Councillors assist the management of the High School with daily responsibilities.
It is exciting to observe our student leaders rise to the call of taking up the baton of Godly values and passing it on the next wave of potential leaders in our school community, thereby promoting and developing a Kingdom leadership influence in our nation.
The annual outdoor education experience for each grade provides students with opportunities to develop their personal character and leadership abilities in an environment away from home and school. Pupils enjoy the opportunities and growth through many physical and character challenges during these camps. Many personal and physical fears are conquered through their risk-taking and trust in God, whilst interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers are forged forever. These times allow our pupils to experience God in His creation and promote a strengthening of relationship with Him. Whilst many lifelong memories are made a great deal of fun and adventure takes place.
Each Grade will have a particular focus for the outdoor experience. These may include adventure, relationship building, leadership and spiritual development. The Grade 10’s embark on a 5-day hike in the Tsitsikamma mountains.
Pupils are also challenged to participate in the variety of challenging and exciting events in Post Elizabeth or hosted by the school. These include cycle races, hiking, corporate iron man, 24-hour solitaire, rock-climbing etc. A healthy, exciting and pro-active lifestyle is promoted.
A mentor is a ‘wise and trusted adviser or guide’ (Collins English Dictionary) and Harvest Christian School believes that there is huge value in ensuring that each child in the school receives individual mentoring. Though many come from stable, functional homes where parental mentoring is the norm, there are, sadly, as many who don’t, and who receive little if any counsel from mature, godly adult role models. In our mission statement we pledge to give each child ‘the opportunity of being part of a family in which he/she is individually nurtured and shown love and understanding’, so in fact mentoring is not an optional extra, but is the essence of who we are.
We also pledge to give each child ‘the opportunity of developing a living and relevant faith in God’ as we firmly believe that this is our mandate from the Lord.
Each teacher is allocated a group of 8-12 pupils of similar age for the year. These groups meet at least once a week at school to connect relationally and pastorally. The aim of our mentorship programme include:
- to build relationships with our pupils over time, making time to listen, advise, accept and love unconditionally.
- to attempt to discover each child’s gifting and encourage him/her to reach his/her potential.
- to model through word and lifestyle a living faith in God, knowing that ‘out of one hundred men, one will read the Bible, [but] ninety-nine will read the Christian’. (D.L.Moody)
- to disciple those who are believers
- to present the gospel to those who are not believers in an open and non-threatening forum, encouraging questions and discussion in all areas of faith.
- to pray regularly for those in each group
Many have found this a wonderful opportunity to deal with a genuine desire for answers, personal soul-searching and, perhaps, painful disillusionment with formal religion. We believe that once a relationship with a pupil is established, this type of spiritual mentoring develops more naturally with even the teacher being encouraged and ministered to through the children.