The position of head boy is granted to a student who exemplifies good behavior, grades and attendance. The title is common at schools in the United Kingdom. As head boy, a student is responsible for setting an example for other students at the school and for serving as a leader in school activities.
Lead by Example
One of the most important duties of a head boy is to lead by example. Each day at school, he must act in keeping with school rules and regulations, keeping in mind that other students will look to him for behavioral clues. This includes showing up to class on time, participating in school events, maintaining good grades and showing school spirit at sporting events.
Represent the School
Head boys are often required to be ambassadors for their school at events around the county or even the country. At these events, which may include festivals and conferences, the head boy may speak on behalf of the student body, volunteer or man a school booth. At school parents' evenings, the head boy is usually present to speak with attendees.
Organize Prefect Duties
The head boy is responsible for organizing school prefects, who are leaders from each grade level. He must plan and assign duties, head meetings, explain the rules and regulations and is often the first line for prefect conflicts. The head boy ensures that prefects are taking care of their supervisory responsibilities and may speak with teachers to discuss any issues.
Participate on Committees
During the course of a school year, the head boy is responsible for serving on various committees to plan school events. He may head up committees for dances, school carnivals, newspaper activities, clubs or other organized events. He may also handle fund-raising events.
Read Daily Bulletins
Depending on the school, the head boy may read daily announcements, whether it be over a loudspeaker system or in person at assembly.
Resource for Students
The head boy is often the person younger students go to when they are having problems with bullies or when they run into other trouble at school. Depending on the school, the head boy has a varying level of authority in such situations, but is always able to give advice and may organize a mediation session when necessary.
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