Senior School Leadership: Principles

The principles of leadership stream provides students with opportunities to test their leadership skills, develop their own leadership style, and improve their character in ways that benefit themselves and the community as a whole. In addition to leadership roles, student leaders participate in workshops that teach them how to create a common vision, facilitate effective meetings, and build an inclusive environment.


Grade 9 Leadership Conference

Grade 12 students run a leadership conference for all Grade 9 students at SMUS. The goal of the conference is to ensure that our students are provided with the encouragement and confidence to be fully engaged at the Senior School.

SEAL Student Leadership Conference

SMUS sends a selected delegation of students to the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Student Leadership Conference. This is a national conference hosted by an Independent School bringing together students from across the country together to discuss a variety of topics, build confidence and capacity to make each school better upon the students’ return.

Boarding Leadership Conference

All Grade 11 boarders attend an offsite leadership conference to begin the discussion on how to effectively lead the boarding community as they prepare for Grade 12.

Leadership Roles

School Prefects

Our Head Girl, Head Boy and 18 school prefects make-up the Prefect Council. Along with being positive citizens of the school, prefects foster school spirit and make significant contributions to school life. The role of a school prefect is to act as a liaison between the faculty and the student body and to serve the school in a leadership capacity, by participating in school events and acting as role models.

Clubs and Councils

It is an expectation that all students get involved in a club or council at the Senior School. In Grade 9 and 10, students are encouraged to try out a couple different councils and clubs with the hope that in Grade 11 and 12, students will experience a greater level of commitment and higher level of leadership within those groups.


Each major area of school life is represented by a council. Councils differ from clubs in that they have a larger leadership component and a more formal role at the school. Council members fill various roles and elect a Head of Council. Heads of Councils lead meetings, set the goals determined by the council, and communicate with the teacher-sponsor. They make it a priority to create an inclusive and safe environment for all students.


There are many different clubs at the school and each has a specific focus. Clubs can be centred on a common interest or goal, and the form of leadership can vary. Members can spend their time organizing events, fundraising and developing leadership skills through communication, project management, and teamwork.


Leaders in boarding work closely with the Director of Residence and the senior house parents in the running of the houses. All Grade 12 students in boarding have a role to play in the leadership in the house and all boarders are expected to be active citizens within the community.

Head of House

Head of House is a role model for the rest of the house. Heads represent their house on the School Prefect Council and makes their house community a priority. Head of House is someone that the house parents and the students in the house work well with. They help plan boarding activities and promote house spirit, while setting the tone of their house.

Boarding Prefects

Prefects are expected to show initiative and leadership in the running of the house. They deliver the boarding orientation program to the Grade 9 students and the new Grade 10 students. They work with house parents and promote the general well-being of the house. Prefects use their leadership skills and qualities to create an excellent living environment for the students in boarding. They are expected to maintain a positive role model standard (class attendance, uniform, commitment to academics, etc.) and devote time to the house.