Meet Elouise, Head Girl for 2022
What do you hope to bring to the College community in your role as Head Girl in 2022?
As Head Girl for 2022, I hope to bring the Boarding and country spirit to Santa Maria College. Growing up in a small country town and living in the Boarding community for the last five years has shown me the importance of kindness and compassion, and when working in a team, you can achieve greater things together. I am passionate about empowering young women and ensuring that when our girls leave Santa Maria, they are strong, independent ladies ready to make a difference in our society. I am delighted to be Head Girl for 2022, and I’m ready to make a positive contribution to our community.
Why did you apply for a leadership position?
I applied to be Head Girl in 2022 to show everyone you don’t always have to come from the most privileged backgrounds to go for the biggest roles. Coming from a small country town, I did not have the same opportunities one may have growing up in the city. So, I wanted to show to people you should always believe in yourself, no matter where you’ve come from and go for big opportunities in life, such as Head Girl at Santa Maria College. I also feel the school has given me so many opportunities to meet new people, try new things and grow as both a leader and a person. I feel as Head Girl, I have the opportunity to give back to the school community and give others the opportunities that I have experienced.
Who do you admire, and what is it that you admire about them the most?
The people I am surrounded by in my everyday life are those I admire the most. My parents have been the biggest role models in my life and who I am so grateful for. My dad, a farmer, is incredibly hard-working and has dedicated his life to giving our family the best opportunities possible. My mum’s calm and easy-going nature is something I aspire to live out in my life and bring to the role of Head Girl. The girls at Santa Maria College, in particular, my year group, have inspired me every day since I started here in Year 7. Each and every one of them are compassionate and talented young women who bring something unique to our community, whether it’s music, sports, academics or kindness.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would love to sit down and have a conversation with Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack when she was 13 years old. Bethany’s perseverance to learn to surf again and continue her career of professional surfing is incredibly inspiring. Not only is Bethany’s physical journey admirable, but her mental journey, her positivity and love for life during such dark times makes her an inspiring person.