Leaders: Amelia Bull, Shayla Carl, Ryan Anderson and Daniel Ross receive their first leadership advice from Principal Andrew Middleton (centre)In the midst of social division and questioning if democracy has had its day, it is more than refreshing to be given a glimpse of hope.
And it is in that vein that Southern Highlands Christian School is proud to announce its new captains for 2017.
“In my time at this school there have been so many captains that I have looked up to,” new captain Shayla Carl said.
“They always made me feel so welcome and comfortable. Now, as a captain myself, I would love to help and support my younger peers, and become the person that those leaders were for me.”
At SHCS, leadership is not about self-aggrandisement or vainglory; quite the opposite, in fact.
The focus is on a model of servant leadership, responsibility, and humility.
“It’s a big responsibility for me as captain,” new captain Ryan Anderson said.
“The badge doesn’t grant me respect – it’s only my actions and choices that can give me that. But most importantly, I intend to learn to love more, to humble myself, and to give more than I get.”
Candidates engaged in a rigorous interview process with the school executive before standing for election, through which they were challenged to reflect deeply on their motivations and intentions as leaders.
In a vision which seems increasingly at odds with that presented by global leadership, SHCS student leaders are called to be motivated by how they will serve, not be served.
“I know that the role will make me step up even more, and will get me involved with the other students outside of Year 12,” new Vice Captain Amelia Bull said.
“And I’m sure I will be blessed by those interactions as well.”
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