Commissioning Our Year 7 Leaders
It is tradition at Santa Maria that Year 7 students choose their leaders after they have been at the College for a term. This allows them to settle in and get to know one another before the process of nomination and voting. The new Year 7 Leaders were formally commissioned at a Combined Leaders Meeting on Monday.
The Combined Leaders Meeting involved all leaders from Years 6 to 12. They enjoyed afternoon tea together before a formal commissioning ceremony officiated by Principal Jennifer Oaten, Head Girl Stella Hammond and Deputy Head Girl Indy Squires. The event was live streamed to parents.
After the commissioning, Claire Eaton, author of ROC and Rise, presented to the leaders about self identity, purpose and leadership. She reminded them that they have the L plates on as leaders and they won’t get things right every time. However, she asked them to heighten their awareness of what is going on around them and consider how they are turning up for others. She also taught them a number of resilience-building techniques they could use when facing challenges. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.
What Leadership Means to Me
In preparation for the afternoon, the new leaders were all asked to complete a written reflection on their leadership journey so far. They were asked what leadership meant to them and what sort of leader they considered themselves to be. To follow are a couple of extracts from those reflections.
Being a leader means taking responsibility and helping teachers and students whenever needed. Leadership means to be a role model for everyone around the school, representing and demonstrating the College Mercy values. It means helping people if they are having trouble. These responsibilities make me feel very proud to be a leader. I am looking forward to all the challenges and responsibilities that come with being a Year 7 leader. Jayda Baker
What the new leadership position means to me is that I can help other students and teachers more. This position makes me feel proud of myself, as I can be a voice for all students. I feel more helpful as a leader. This also means to me that others are looking up to me and I need to be a good role model for them. Georgia Bear
Year 7 Leaders
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