The Student Government at Marvelwood acts as an organizational body for student activities. One of the functions of the Student Government is to promote school and class unity by planning special events, fund-raisers and weekend activities. The Student Government also promotes the welfare and morale of the community at large by exercising positive peer leadership.
Officers and representatives for the rising sophomore, junior and senior classes are chosen by vote in the fall. The Senior Class President and Vice President serve as Student Body President and Vice President. The freshman class also conducts its election in the fall. The student government has regular bi-weekly meetings; all are welcome to attend.
Prefects are students who have earned the trust and respect of their peers and the faculty. They are selected by the faculty following an interview process in the spring, and are trained to aid in the running of the dorm, supervising study halls, overseeing dorm jobs, mediating disputes, and settling the dorm for the night. The most important role of the prefect is that of a peer counselor; someone who knows the School well and can offer helpful guidance to students. Prefects also act as a liaison between students and their dorm parents as well as serve as counsel in certain disciplinary situations.
In addition to the dorm prefects, Marvelwood selects and trains prefects to assist in the dining hall, the snack bar and the student mailroom. Activities prefects work closely with the student government and the weekend staff to identify and arrange fun and interesting activities on and off campus.
The Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution program trains selected students and prefects to handle minor disputes between members of the School community. The program's goals are to teach students effective communication skills and to provide them a place to work out their problems in the absence of a faculty member.
Peer Mediators are nominated by the faculty, and receive 8-10 hours of formal training before assuming the role of mediator.
Each year, the Office of Admission selects a group of veteran students to be Tour Guides. Tour Guides are selected first and foremost for their passion for the School. Tour Guides must also demonstrate a commitment to academic achievement, be able to relate to adults as well as peers, and show a willingness to be trained for public speaking. The position comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility, as Tour Guides act as ambassadors for the School.
A prospective family's first impression of Marvelwood is often shaped by the Tour Guides, who typically spend 45 minutes to an hour giving an overview of the campus and life at the School. Formal training takes place at the beginning of each school year, and continues throughout the year as the need arises. Tour Guides may be called upon to tour visitors, alumni, Board members, prospective teachers, lower school placement directors or educational consultants. Tour Guides are also asked to participate in student panels for Admissions Preview Days, and can always be counted on for honest and reflective comments and answers.
Whenever a student perspective is required, the Tour Guides are called upon to represent the School and articulate what a Marvelwood education has meant to them.
Each September, during the week before classes begin, the members of the senior class participate in an active, three-day leadership orientation program. Seniors spend two days on Marvelwood's low ropes challenge course, and then a night camping near a high-element challenge course that they tackle the following day. All challenge course activities are facilitated by trained faculty. Seniors typically reflect on this three-day adventure as a challenging but memorable experience
Objectives of the Senior Leadership Orientation:
- to provide an opening experience for seniors that is both novel and memorable and that strengthens and broadens their relationships with each other, helping to develop a strong class identity that is spirited and mutually supportive.
- to awaken the leadership potential in each senior and strengthen existing leadership qualities of communication, empathy, problem solving, teamwork, integrity, initiative and self-confidence, so that they may apply these life skills toward achieving their greatest potential during their senior year and beyond.
- to encourage seniors to recognize their own leadership qualities so that they may embrace their position as role models and leaders in the Marvelwood community.
Jack Harding '17, President
Chris Lane '17, Vice President
Jon Matson '17, Senior Class Representative
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