The 2019 school captains at St Columba Anglican School say they want to lead by example and plan to encourage all students to embrace the opportunities presented to them.
Officially announced in front of the entire school cohort on February 6, school vice captains Matthew Hingston and Lana Pelser and captains Christopher Palin and Abby-Rose Koch want to give all students a voice.
“In order to lead you have to serve and this year I really want to encourage connectedness between the year levels,” Abby said.
“For me it is important to be able to give back to a school that has helped me so much. I am passionate about encouraging students to explore their individual pursuits because we are all different and that is okay.
“We are fortunate to be at a school that has so many opportunities available for students so I want to see more students take them up.”
“As a leader, for me, it is important to use the platform I have been given to help everyone have a say at what happens at school,” Christopher said.
“In the past I don’t think it has been done as well as it could have and I really want to change that.
“When I was in year 7 I didn’t think people would want to hear what I had to say but I don’t want that to be the case for our year 7s or any of the younger students.
“Every student has an opinion and I want to be the kind of leader everyone feels comfortable coming up to and talking to.
“After spending so many years here I feel a great sense of responsibility to give back and inspire all the students younger than me.”
Vice captains Lana and Matthew said they want to encourage students to look outside of the box to find opportunities.
“For me being a leader is being a role model and someone the other students can look up to,” Lana said.
“In the beginning I don’t think I had a real plan when I decided to run for captain but I knew it was a great opportunity and wanted to give it a go.
“As a leadership group we are also keen to reinvigorate our annual social fundraiser so there are lots of exciting things coming.”
“To be a leader you have to do what you say. If you say be kind then you have to lead by example,” Matthew said.
“I want to encourage students to take advantage of the co-curricular activities available to them at our school. There are so many great things students can take up but they have to go out there and say yes.
“So my advice to students is to give everything a go and try something new.”
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