Student Leadership Development



Programme / Events

In Riverside Secondary School, we believe that to discipline is to care. Student management at Riverside takes on a whole-school approach towards developing self-disciplined students so that we can have a conducive environment for teaching and learning to take place. The Student Leadership Committee aims to develop character and the ability to lead in all our students.

The Student Leadership Development Framework anchors on the 4Cs and 4Es. A well-rounded student leader should display the following qualities:

  • Competent with an Edge – Leaders must provide vision and direction; organize, delegate and plan for the future; be innovative and solutions-oriented to meet challenges.
  • Commitment through Energy – Demonstrate responsibility and commitment to tasks undertaken; serve with a willing heart and always stay ahead of the students in leading.
  • Connect to Energise – Maintain a positive and close relationship with peers to enthuse and engage them. At the same time, be sensitive to sentiments and communicate effectively.
  • Character in Execution – Be trustworthy and reliable when performing tasks. Show respect and humility in all occasions. More importantly, be a willing doer and learner.

Leadership Development Activities

The following activities were designed to train appointed student leaders in skills of management, communication, leadership, mentoring and delegation traits:


  • Character and Citizenship Education lessons related to leadership
  • Class Committee and Subject Representatives Training
  • Level 4 and 5 Student Leaders’ Leadership Workshops
  • Riverside ChangeMakers Panelist and Innovation Leaders' Training
  • Combined Student Leaders’ Training



  • National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA)
  • Student Leaders Investiture and Outreach
  • Combined Student Leaders Trek
  • Student Leader's Focussed Group Discussion cum Retreat
  • School events: Secondary 1 Orientation Camp / Teachers’ Day / National Day / Sports Carnival / Speech & Prize-giving Day / School Open House

External Participation By Students


Other than school events and activities, student leaders are sent to various leadership activities organised by external parties such as

  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic Student Leaders Conference
  • Youth Leadership Camp by Republic Polytechnic
  • North West CDC Young Leader's Committee
  • National Youth Achievement Award Climate Conference
  • Our Singapore Conversation dialogue sessions
  • Teens Conference
  • United Nations Association of Singapore Model United Nations (UNASMUN) Preparatory Conference

All these activities allow our student leaders to interact student leaders of other schools. The exposure and exchange of knowledge broadens their horizon and provides opportunities for learning.


Partnership Involvement
N5 Cluster Primary Schools

During the first week of June every year, primary school prefects from various neighbouring primary schools participated in the leadership skill training planned and organised by our Student Councillors. All primary schools have given positive feedback and have committed to continue the partnership next year.

Woodlands People's Community Foundation (PCF)

In addition, Riverside has broaden our Values-In-Action cooperation with Woodlands People's Community Foundation (PCF) to 4 projects to mentor kindergarten children and assist those under the Financial Assistance Scheme.

North West CDC

Riverside has also worked with North West CDC last year on a Care and Repair project – Riverside Cares to Share, in which Riverside Secondary School has collectively as a school daily necessities such as rice and cooking oil. Led by the Student Council, the bags of daily necessities were packed and distributed to less fortunate households in the Woodlands community. A carnival of games and food was also set up to bring joy and engagement with the neighbours.