Even after many years of working in schools, I continue to be amazed by the extraordinary leadership skills of our students.
Quite often I am asked by members of the school community as to what I consider to be the fundamental ingredients of student leadership in school, and the extended community.
Passion, commitment, communication skills, active listening, seeing all sides of an issue, reacting swiftly, and thinking strategically should be fostered in all of our students if we want them to become valuable and productive members of our college community. Our college values of High Expectations, Respect and Perseverance are always at the core of successful student leaders’ work.
Every day, many of our students display these skills and many regularly are acknowledged both within and outside of the college for their achievements.
Just in the last two weeks, three of our students have had their leadership acknowledged within the wider community.
Aiden Leheny, Year 11 and member of the 3rd Melton Rover Crew, received the Queen’s Scout Award- one of the Scouting Community’s highest recognitions. Only a small percentage reach this level; these are the top achievers among Scouting’s 47 million members globally. To attain this top award in each of the five sections in Scouting reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained effort over many months and years, self-discipline, teamwork, and leadership.
On Monday the 18th of September, Maddy Tibos and Lleyton Bush, two of our Year 12 students received the Gorton Young Leaders Award. The awards were presented at the electoral office in Caroline Springs of the Honourable Brendan O’Connor MP for our federal electorate area. These two students received the award for all round school leadership and for the out of class support to their peers and school community. There are many outstanding young leaders in this area and competition for these awards was extremely demanding, so we are very proud as a school of their achievements.
On behalf of the college community, I congratulate Aiden, Maddy, and Lleyton on their awards and look forward to hearing of their future successes.
In conclusion, I also want to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the many Kurunjang Secondary College Leaders who continue to display several of the qualities I have outlined and continue to make a significant contribution to our college.
I wish all of you a pleasant, and restful break.