Dear St Michael’s College Community,
Following Tuesday’s College Leadership Seminar Day, I’m pleased to announce the following appointments for 2021:
College Captains: Alice Kneebone and Sebastian Leaney
College Vice Captains: Elena Antoniadis and Samuel Hornibrook
College Leaders 2021:
Congratulations to our Captains and all the student College Leaders who have been elected to these servant leadership positions by their peers and College staff, we offer them our best wishes and full support. Whilst being outstanding young people in their own right, this group is also very much representative of the wider student cohort and one of the reasons being an educator is such an enjoyable experience.
As part of the College Leadership Seminar Day, there is a presentation from each of our prospective College Captains. I offer a glimpse of these through the following excerpts:
“Leadership is about putting the needs of others and the community before your own. Leadership is about putting yourself in other peoples shoes, understanding their situations and empathising with them. Leadership is about resolving situations and creating new ones, to keep our community one that is inclusive and respectful where each individual is known, valued and cared for.”
“As a leader I understand that it will not be easy, therefore we all must be supportive of each other through the good and bad times. It is essential to understand that we must be challenged in order to achieve and be the best we can be. As we are about to partake in the most important year of schooling we must be realistic in the choices we make. By making positive choices we will define the person, leader and learners that we are going to be now, and into the future.”
“Over the last 65 years, leaders, parents, teachers and staff of St Michael’s have created a community that challenges its students to ‘be the best they can be.’ It is now our turn as a group of leaders to inspire and challenge our peers. A leader does so through believing in their peers’ abilities and understanding their strengths and weaknesses. Through communication, true quality leadership is produced”.
“I believe leadership is about listening to people, respecting difference of opinions and helping others believe in their individual truth so they can reach their full potential. I believe leadership is about having a voice and using that voice with empathy and dignity in order to leave a mark and make a change. In the end, the best leaders are those that are selfless and empathetic, those who value the uniqueness in people, and those who are determined and willing to make sacrifices in order to benefit their community”.
“Leadership is setting out to make a positive difference in the world through supporting, uplifting and encouraging the people around us to thrive to their full potential. At St Michael’s, I want to bring to life the vision of an inclusive, respectful community, with a personalised environment where individuals can feel they are accepted and valued, challenged to grow and prosper through every learning opportunity, faithful in themselves and with the choice to express themselves freely and be heard by others”.
“Being able to make good choices comes with building confidence and existing in a society that is inclusive and accepting. I believe that all voices should be heard in our decision-making processes. The concept of ‘challenge’ is intertwined through St Michael’s Lasallian values. Challenge takes you out of your comfort zone, and this is one of my leadership goals for this year along with speaking up for myself and others, listening and advocating for those not normally heard, and putting myself out there when the College and my peers need someone to rely on”.
Another element of the Leadership Seminar was for the team to work through the most utilised section of Theodore Roosevelt’s famous 1910 speech in Paris. They worked through the messages from a variety of perspectives and I offer it below for reflection:
“The One In The Arena”, adapted from Theodore Roosevelt speech, “Citizenship In A Republic”, delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how the strong one stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”.