Student Voice and Leadership

CARE Captains at work on their action plans. Photography by Mark Nolan

Western Port Secondary College has a leadership structure that encourages students to apply for positions of responsibility throughout their secondary experience from Year 7 to Year 12.

Each year we select two College Captains and between two and four College Vice Captains from our Year 12 cohort to represent the college. The selection process involves a written application, peer presentation, staff and student voting and an official interview.

Additionally, we have a number of CARE captains representing each year level for each of our school values:


To help prepare our students for real-world application and interview processes, CARE Captains are expected to submit a written application and attend an interview as part of their selection process.

All College Captains, Vice-Captains and CARE Captains have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:

  • SWPBS advertising
  • Helping to present Year Level Assemblies
  • Helping at Open Night
  • Pulse checks and feedback meetings with School Leadership
  • Creating video presentations for Memo Monday in Homegroups
  • Creating and implementing an Action Plan with other CARE captains
  • Attending Year 7 Camp and running activities (Years 10-12 only)

Additionally, Community Captains have some specialised roles relating specifically to the school and wider community, such as:

  • Collecting and analysing student voice data for school programs and initiatives
  • Advertising for school community programs and events
  • Assisting with sustainability projects such as the school garden
  • Helping with the Transition Program for primary school students
  • Assisting on Secondary Experience Day and Transition Day
  • Advertising and participating in lunch time activities


Achievement Captains have specialised roles relating to academic performance, such as:

  • Leading or participating in school tours for prospective students and their families
  • Welcoming, introducing and thanking guest speakers
  • Introducing and presenting awards at Awards Night
  • Discussing cohort initiatives with Year Level coordinators and Learning Level Leaders
  • Assisting with Homework Club or Stem Club


Respect Captains have specialised roles relating to social issues and student wellbeing, such as:

  • Helping to organise, promote and run special days such as RUOK Day and Pride Day
  • Mentoring younger students
  • Assisting with Hands on Learning and the House
  • Helping with the Elevate program

Engagement (Sports) and Engagement (Arts)

Engagement Captains (Sports and Arts) have specialised roles relating to social issues and student wellbeing, such as:

  • Helping with Swimming Carnival, Athletics Day and other sporting days (Engagement – Sports Captain)
  • Helping with Interschool Sport and training sessions (Engagement – Sports Captain)
  • Helping with Arts Show (Engagement – Arts Captain)
  • Helping with school productions (Engagement – Arts Captain)
  • Helping to organise and run lunchtime sport and/or arts activities

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