At Ruahine School all our Year 8’s form the ‘Student Leadership Team’ and are role models for the rest of the school. Each Year 8 is a member of one of our leadership teams. Our three leadership teams are:

The members of these teams change every term so that students get to take on and experience different roles. A Team Leader leads each team and organises, delegates and encourages others to ensure that their team is doing a good job.

Each term, 2-3 House Leaders are also selected for each of our four houses; Whariti, Takapari, Rokai, Matanginui. House Leaders are role models for younger students, organise games at lunchtimes and make sure all new students to their house are welcomed. All Year 8 students are also trained as peer mediators and take turns to be on duty.

At the end of each term, students are nominated for awards. The ‘Service Award’ is given to those who have shown the most consistent leadership skills. The ‘Personal Growth Award’ is given to those who have made a significant improvement in their attitude towards leadership and their role in school.

At the end of the year, the recipient of our 'Head Student Cup' is selected from those who have received a 'Service Award'. Our belief is that being a Head Student at Ruahine School is about continually living up to our school motto, ‘The Best I Can Do, The Best I Can Be. Tū māia ki te mahi, tū rangatira ki te ao!’