11 May 2017
Before the start of the 2017 school year, fellow college captain Edan Boyd, boarding captain Isabelle Bayne and I (right) attended a Marist leadership weekend where we gathered with leaders of other Marist schools from around Australia, including Sacred Heart, Adelaide and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Alice Springs. Over the three days we bonded and collaborated with the other leaders, learning tips and tricks that would help us during the year.
A main focus of the weekend was to create a tangible goal that we would pursue and, hopefully, achieve as leaders of our schools. Edan and I proposed the goal of a ‘building young leaders’ initiative. The idea was to create an environment and/or opportunities for younger Assumption students to voice their opinions and develop a sense of leadership even before applying for positions in senior year levels.
This initiative is already being put into action through the recently reassessed SRC program. It allows two students, representing their year level in each house, to uphold a more structured and cohesive leadership role. They must meet regularly and organise and run a lunchtime round-robin activity. The SRCs are closely supported by their respective house captains.
The leadership group has been meeting once a week to work on ideas for the rest of the year, some of these include a year 12 common room, free dress and fundraising days and further involvement with St Patrick's Primary School.
We welcomed the St Pat’s student leaders to a leadership meeting late last term where we shared ideas and goals. We hope to continue this, at least once or twice a term, to again share ideas and build new leadership skills.
Eleanor Barry - College captain