From The Principal – Leadership Commissioning Ceremony
School leadership roles are an important means of preparing students for success in life. Our Commissioning Ceremony this week enabled our newly elected leaders to make a commitment to the College community, including their parents, as a member of the Student Representative Council for 2019. All students are to be congratulated on nominating and being elected to a leadership role.
As the Principal of Santa Maria College, the characteristics that I see as important in our leaders are:
- Commitment to our Mercy values in their actions
- Preparedness to serve others to make a difference
- Role models in actions and words
- Team builders who are inclusive of all students
- Demonstrated self-respect and respect for others regardless of differences, treating others with dignity and compassion and the ability to earn the respect of others
- Humility as a leader
- Courage to stand up for what is right and just
It’s important for students to experience leadership opportunities during their schooling, to learn the art of building relationships within teams, defining identities and achieving tasks effectively. It also provides a chance to learn to identify and display effective communication and interpersonal skills. (Bishop Tyrell Anglican College NSW)
It’s one thing for students to join a co-curricular, make new friends, learn new skills or make positive use of their gifts and talents, however, the benefits of participation can rise to new levels when a student chooses to take on a leadership role.
Leadership roles give our students a voice, help them develop organisational skills, and promote opportunities to give back to our community. Best wishes to all our 2019 leaders.