Shaping Minds, Transforming Lives, Prefectorial Board
By Arissa Hani and Ahmad Sufian
The Prefectorial Board is a student body that acts as a bridge between the students and the management of KYS. Every year, the prefects are selected based on a thorough and selective procedure in order to ensure that the standard of this community remains exceptionally high.
The Prefectorial Board of the 2022/23 session comprises 63 members, including the Big 9s and 9 different committees. The key role of the school prefects is to enforce good discipline and help the social-emotional development of students as well as to maintain a quality school environment.
The Principal appoints school prefects on the recommendation of the prefect advisors. The prefect selection is open to all Form 4 and Form 5 students. Prefects are selected based on their consistent academic achievements, active involvement in co-curricular activities, as well as a track record of contributions to the school, good discipline, and commendable character.
All in all, school prefects are responsible for linking the management and the students, and managing the other students. School prefects need to have good interpersonal skills, the ability to manage people, solve problems amicably, manage resources, counsel their peers and possess motivational skills for them to effectively carry out their duties. The effectiveness of the leadership of school prefects can be determined by the roles empowered and assigned to them by the school.
Here are some wise words from the Head Boy and Head Girl of Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka for the 2022/23 session:
“We are truly honoured to be given the role as Head Boy and Head Girl. A strong man stands for himself, but we believe that a stronger man stands for others. Leadership is an art of guiding, enabling a group of complex and different people to work as a team towards achieving a clear goal. Some might believe that leaders are born, while others believe leaders are made.
There’s no right or wrong in leading, however, we believe leadership is learnable. We, as representatives of the Prefectorial Board, as a student body representing both the students and the college management will always stick to the school’s vision. We truly believe that a man without a vision is a man without a future.
A man without a future will always return to his past. It is okay to fall and fail. That is the recipe for success. Well, at least you tried while others are afraid of trying. Believe us, fear is temporary, regret is forever.”