It is essential that citizens in a democracy have the ability to take the lead when it is appropriate and/or necessary.

The skills of Leadership are able to be learned.

The skills of Leadership are able to be taught through a well-designed educational programme. 


It is a core function of an educational institution in a democracy to effectively teach the skills of leadership. 


The general approach to the teaching of Leadership skills at Marlborough Boys’ College will be to move the boys along a continuum from being dependent on the external enforcing of rules through having the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for their own behaviour to having the skills, personal attributes and knowledge necessary to enable them to positively influence others.

Leadership opportunities at MBC

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One of our key Pou (pillars) at MBC is developing leadership within our school community. Right from Year 9 boys can get involved in the group behind which will help develop their leadership so they can “Become the best they can be”.


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Expectations of a Marlborough Boys’ College Prefect:

  • A prefect is a leader at the college and is an important representative of the school.

  • A prefect is a guide and mentor to the students.

  • A prefect can work collaboratively and independently.

  • A prefect will be seen around the college particularly at interval and lunchtimes – engaging with and supporting the wider school community.

  • A prefect helps build and maintain high standards of behaviour and encourages our school community to achieve at a high level.

  • A prefect supports college values both in and out of the school.

  • A prefect will earn and have the respect of the students and staff.

  • A prefect will support fellow prefects and other leaders in their roles and activities.

  • A prefect will have specific areas of responsibility/focus and will be expected to formulate activities that will fit within the job description for that role.

  • A prefect will liaise with staff and students and will keep staff informed re issues and matters of concern

Heads of Houses





School Council

The purpose of the student council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the student council is the voice of the student body. They often also help raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events and community projects. 
Main jobs:
•    Meeting is held once a week with council 
•    Coordinating and running Work day and distribution of funds raised from the work day 
•    Manage and Advertise one Mufti day per term.  
•    Feed forward student voice to Senior management team 
•    Other leadership roles and representative duties as required

You must submit an application to Head of Student council at the start of the year. This will be put in the student notices. This will follow with an interview with Head of student council. Council normally has around 15 members from a range of year groups.  
To received your student council badge you must have done two years in the council.

2021 Student Council: Kodi Dobson-Sinclair, Nathan Drury, Louis Girling, Frank Hartland, Fynn Hawes, Liam Keegan, Alex Lee, Lachlan Mackie, Cameron McKenzie, Lachlan McNabb, Jonty Rush, Hamish Sandall, Ted Small, Thomas van Asch, Oliver Wakelin, Charlie Wilkin.

Kaunihera (Council)

These councils oversee the promotion of these important Pou (pillars) at MBC. They do this by working with staff to encourage boys to be involved in there area and promote the successes that we have. They also run the House competitions in Pou and have a meeting once a fortnight. Once in a council for two years you are awarded you Pou Council badge 
You must submit an application to Head of council at the start of the year. This will be put in the student notices. This will follow with an interview with Head of Council and Teacher in Charge. Each Council normally has around 5/6 members from range of year groups.

RIPR Council

This council oversee MBC Values, make sure everything we do in the school sits within our school values.

They promote and explain our values reporting system to community and students. Help with the breakfast club and are on the Positive behaviour for learning committee (PB4L). They run House activities that relate to our school values and promote “giving back/service in the community”.


2021 RIPR Council: Blake Benge, Matthew Burrows, Jacob Crossley, Noah Gare, Jack Guard, Chris Hebberd, Charlie Howard, Lachlan McNabb, Leon Poswillo, Ben Rush, Hamish Sandall, Thomas van Asch. Teacher in Charge: Ben Filipo.

Cultural Council

The council oversees all cultural aspects of the college. This includes the Arts, Music, Kapa Haka, Pacifica group, and learning of the reo. They help with all cultural performances and prizegiving. They run the House Choir and House Haka events.

2021 Cultural Council: Riley Barrett, Joel Brydon, Adam Cairns, Lyriks Caldwell, Xavier-Rae Caldwell, Richie Diamond, Blair Harris, Blake Love, Lakshay Negi, Ruben Ruwhiu, Jo Taoho-Jones, Baz Vaasili. Teacher in Charge: Ben Christian.

Academic Council

This council encourages and promotes academic excellence across all learning areas in the School.

They work with departments to try and raise academic success. Organise Homework club, They run House rafting comp, House Quiz comp, House Debating competition.

2021 Academic Council: Nathan Drury, Frederick, Samuel Feltham, Matthew Hall, Liam Keegan, Josiah Lenati, Joel Pannell, Jonty Rush, Ted Small, Bjarki Thompson, Anthony Truong, Oliver Wakelin. Teacher in Charge: Rosanne Homewood.

Sport Council

This council oversee all the sporting opportunities at MBC. They promote and encourage students to get involved in sport. They run all the House sport competitions including athletics day, swimming sports, summer & winter fest and erg competition. Involved in organising the sport prizegiving.

2021 Sport Council: Tom Leonard, Charlie Struthers, Fred Vavasour, Gus Varney, Ollie Mandeno, Rhys Salvador, Dylan Burton, Thomas Hall, Jack Wilkes, Art Blom, Ethan McLeish, Finn Mckenzie, Lachlan Mcnabb, Nathan Brooke-Taylor, Nathan Drury. Teacher in Charge: Hamish McKerrow.

House rūnanga (committees)

Each of the four Houses have their own committees - Awatere, Ōpaoa, Wairau, Waihopai. The committees meet weekly to discuss how to promote their culture with their house. They run the House assemblies and organise their House teams for the House competition.

Awatere 2021 committee: 

Opaoa 2021 committee: Mason Moffatt, Lachlan MacNeill, Jack Frisken, Will Partridge, Finn McKenzie, Matthew Hall, Chase-Rain Williams-Kelsey, Lakshay Negi, Jack Wilkes. Dean - Jared Bell 

Waihopai 2021 committee: Scott Keay, Jamie Doig, Dontae Anderson-Bryant, Barend Lindique, Kodi Dobson-Sinclair, Adam Cairns, Frank Hartland, Liam Keegan, Charlie Wilkin, Luka van Rensburg, James Fitzgerald, Joel Brydon, Terian Tenoa. Dean Phil Kotze

Wairau 2021 committee: Tom Leonard, Patrick Milliken, Joseph Sandford Jury, Ollie Hunter, Chris Hebberd, Fynn Hawes, Ricco Chen, Harry Mason, Louis Girling and Ted Small. Dean Rachel Quigley