KEISHAN H. 12D - SCHOOL CAPTAIN
When did you start your studies at Doncaster Secondary College?
I started my studies at DSC in 2014 in Year 7
Tell us about some of your interests outside of school?
Outside of school I am a very passionate cook and photographer. On the weekends ill often be found in the kitchen cooking up something delicious for dinner, otherwise ill be out at the park or with my friends doing photography for both school and as a hobby
Tell us about some of the things at the College you have been actively involved in throughout your school years?
Throughout my years at the school I have been a part of many different clubs and initiatives, most of which are still running today. The SRC, Green Team, DSC Connection Project (Now DSC Connect), Art Club, and Interact have all been integral parts of developing my social and leadership skills. Taking on opportunities such as the School for Student Leadership and being a Peer Buddy were also really pivotal in bringing me forward as an average student to a leader within the school.
What gave you the confidence to be in a leadership role?
The amount of opportunities available through school have been the major contributors to my ability to be a confident leader, and someone who is able to seek advise from students within the school and action change where possible. A supportive network at home and at school really assisted in providing those opportunities, as well as giving me support when times were tough or I was struggling.
Do you have any advice for students who aspire to be future leaders?
Just do it. You will hear so many people who will want to bring you down for wanting to get involved in leadership roles. Don't listen to them. Instead invite them along, because they just might be interested. Don’t worry if you don’t have the support outside of school, approach a teacher or another leader for advice. Get involved at school. Even if you don’t realise it, teachers do notice, and so do your peers. If you always do what you have always done, you will aways be what you’ve always been.
College Annual Theme – Make Dreams Reality
What does this statement mean to you?
Making dreams reality is something that we hear often in our lives. Being able to think of something and being able to do it. I think that this saying runs further than that though. Its not just about dreams of change within the school or with your school results. It's about being able to be the best person that you can be. We always dream of being better, doing something better, or reacting differently to something. These things will all come in good time when we change ourselves to be who we want to be, not who we want others to see.
How will you live by this statement throughout the year?
Personally I would like to be able to perform to the best of my ability in my classes and be a positive leader within the school. I hope to drive change where it is needed, and more so where people want to see it.
What are your goals for 2019 for yourself in your role and personally?
As school captain, I want to see people stepping out of their comfort zones and see new people step up to new roles within the school. I hope to see people approaching me and suggesting things about the school, and I hope to see people with more agency within the school. I hope to see my leadership skills develop and I hope to interact with as many students in the year as possible.
Personally, I would like to perform really well this year. This is my year to knuckle down and focus and do the best I possibly can.
What are your long-term life ambitions and aspirations?
Post high school I would like to go to Melbourne Uni to study a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, and then do a PhD in Psychology and Leadership. My goal after tertiary education is to become a child psychologist and then after a few years become a teacher.
What would you like your legacy to be for Doncaster Secondary College?
I would like to be the person who made a difference. I don't mind if that difference impacts the entire school, or if it impacts on one single person. I may not be able to help everyone, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t help anyone.
In one sentence what would you like to say to your fellow students about your Pride in Doncaster Secondary College?
Our school is constantly developing, student agency is the strongest it has ever been and I think that every student enrolled in the school should be proud to be a part of that.