Meaningful Leadership

Meaningful Leadership

Infinite: Leadership and Futures Thinking Programme

Junior High School

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

The Infinite Leadership and Futures Thinking Programme seeks to open minds to the infinite possibilities of the future and help our students feel empowered to dream big and actively create their future. Whilst successful leadership obviously requires interpersonal skills it also requires vision that opens up new possibilities. The Infinite Leadership and Futures Thinking Programme supports students to become the visionary leaders the world needs.

In an environment of accelerating social, environmental and technological change, we are aware that the context in which our students dreams are set will be very different from the present day. The Infinite Leadership and Futures Thinking Programme has been designed allow the girls to explore our changing world and shift our thinking from what seems probable to what is possible.

The Infinite Leadership and Futures Thinking Programme allows our students to think like futurists as they explore a range of perspectives on key global issues such as the present and future challenges related to food security, environmental sustainability, and employment. As students explore the many ways in which our different systems interact, an almost infinite range of possible future scenarios emerge. With minds open to infinite possibilities, our students learn to embrace change and become more comfortable with uncertainty whilst also learning how identify out new risks and opportunities as they emerge.

In the Junior High School the Infinite programme will support students in the following key areas:

Knowing myself and others Students become more aware of what they value most as they explore their hopes, fears and expectations for the future. As students explore local and global issues they are introduced to ever more diverse perspectives. Students learn to understand why different people think differently and the importance of considering diverse perspectives when making decisions.

Systems thinking Students learn to explore relationships between different agents within systems and how they are often dependent on one another (eg. agents within systems such as those that support our environment and economy). As they explore these relationships they begin to recognise complexity in the way that change happens. This presents ethical dilemmas where students become more aware of the wider consequences of change and the potential for unintended consequences.

Anticipatory awareness and leadership  Students learn to examine change over historical periods and identify trends which can be used to make predictions about the future. Simultaneously, students learn to think beyond what they expect and seek out new possibilities through engaging in creative thinking that transcends the constraints of the present.

Year 7

Year 7

In Year 7 the focus is on identifying leaders within our community, their strengths and qualities. The Leadership programme in Year 7 teaches students interview skills, time management and self-organisation.

Year 8

Year 8

In Year 8 the focus moves to personal development and challenge. Students learn the value of persistence, passion, risk taking and the skills to help and support others.

Year 9

Year 9

Managing self and relationships is the theme of the Year 9 Leadership programme. It is in this year level that students begin to unravel the concept of social acceptance, navigate positive relationships and learn valuable problem-solving skills that will help them make a difference to others around them.

Year 10

Year 10

In Year 10, the final year of Junior High School, the concept of teamwork and followership are explored. Before heading into their senior years at Dio, girls develop the skills to be a great team member and learn how to move from being a bystander to an upstander.