On Tuesday, 19 November 2019 we will had our final Campus Assembly for the year. We inducted our 2020 Student Leaders – College and House Captains and members of our Student Representative Council. This celebrates our students who have worked hard for their leadership roles and put themselves forward with great hope and expectation. Each of the students makes a pledge to model their leadership on the servant leadership of Jesus and St Peter. Each member of the Student Representative Council states:
- We, the Student Representative Council, promise to represent the interests of all students and to promote student understanding.
- We will strive to lead by example, so that all students can thrive at St Peter’s College to build positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, achievement and health.
- We will Be Not Afraid in our leadership.
It is a courageous declaration that incorporates the six pillars of our Positive Education approach to student wellbeing and links it with our school motto. I have included some of the reflections of our school leaders so that you can appreciate their commitment and ideals. I hope you will be inspired by our students, as I was.
Having the privilege of being the St. Peter’s College Captain means that I am able to fulfil my mission of improving the school in any way possible. It means that’s I am able to act as a servant leader for my peers and to help the community bond better together.
Talia Parker (College Captain)
To me, being a student leader means that I get the opportunity to voice out the opinions and needs of my peers. It also gives me a chance to prove to myself and others that I can strive for the best for our house.
Sofia Santos (Marian House Captain)
A leader to me is being someone people can not only look up to but work with and uphold an approachable personality. Someone compassionate and dedicated to helping others
Talya Cunnington (Sports Captain)
Being elected as Kolbe House Captain means that I will strive for servant leadership and lift my fellow peers up as well as myself along my journey. I can embark on positive changes in the right direction to make Kolbe house the best it can be.
Taylah Harrison (Kolbe House Captain)
To me, being elected as a student leader means stepping out my comfort zone as well as having a go and saying yes so that I don't regret not stepping up. It means being selfless so that I can hopefully inspire others and help them believe in themselves and in my case with the role of the Liturgy Captain for 2020, it means helping others become closer to God and faith.
Gabrielle Hill (Liturgy Captain)
To me being elected as a student leader brings me much joy and pride, however it also comes with responsibility, the responsibility to care for others and do whatever I can to help them, to put their needs before mine.
Brendon Quintal (College Captain)
Being a house captain gives me the opportunity to be a servant of the house. It also means that I have an opportunity to build a stronger version of me. Being a house captain to me gives the opportunity to lead by example.
Jathusan Ramachanthran (Glowrey House Captain)
Apart from the induction of school leaders, a number of upcoming events were presented to the students. The Environment Captain, Joshua Bennett reminded students of the Kimbe Project in which students are encouraged to recycle their stationery and any books they do not intend to use next year. These items are then sent to the Diocese of Kimbe in Papua & New Guinea for use by schools there. Our Social Justice Captain, Mia Clauscen reminded us that we do not have to look overseas to show a generous heart with the Vinnies Appeal. In the last few weeks of term, students are invited to bring in food that could be appropriate for a Christmas hamper. These hampers are distributed to local people who otherwise would not enjoy the sought of Christmas that most of us will experience.
Avila House Captains announced the first major house competition of the 2020 McGuigan Shield season. The basketball competition rules were announced and the draw undertaken. This culminates in the final day of classes, on Thursday, 5 December 2019, when the whole campus moves to the hardcourts to watch the basketball Grand Final. After lunch, the Tug of War is an important final competition to end the year.
Other dates to keep in mind for students is the Advent Mass which occurs on Thursday, 5 December. Parents are very welcome to come and celebrate with us the end of the 2019 school year. The Mass will be held in the Multipurpose Hall at 11.35 am.
The Senior Social will occur that same evening for our 2020 Year 11 & 12 students at Amberlee Receptions in Cranbourne.
Finally, students should be aware of the House Activity Day on Friday, 6 December 2019. The cost of this day is $25 and as such it is not compulsory. Nevertheless, we encourage all students to join their house in a final celebration for the year. It builds house spirit and as such we do award a house point for each student who attends. More details of these end of year activities will follow in next week’s newsletter.