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Meet Our SLC: Performing Arts & Service Captains

Meet Our SLC: Performing Arts & Service Captains

Over the coming weeks, we are going to be introducing you to our 2022 Student Leadership Council. This week we have our Performing Arts and Service Captains.

OLIVIA TALIANGIS, PERFORMING ARTS CAPTAIN

Why did you apply for a leadership position? 

I applied for this position because I wanted to express my love and passion for performing arts in a way that will benefit others. Using the lessons that I have learnt from previous dance and drama teachers, I want to help people become more confident, not only in their performances but also in their regular days. I always admired the previous Performing Arts Captains; Gaby, Simone, Sophie, Nicki etc. and how they used their leadership position to benefit the Performing Arts Department and the College. 

What do you hope to achieve in your new leadership role?

I hope to encourage more people to participate in the Performing Arts co-curriculars and study Dance and Drama. I also hope to reshape some of the current co-curriculars by expanding the age requirement. I would like to help the younger students integrate with the older students to create a wider family environment in the Performing Arts Department.  

What experience do you bring to this role?

I have been performing all my life. I started dancing when I was two and acting when I was four. My mum likes to believe I spend more time in the dance studio and on the stage than I do at home. I have done the Senior and Middle years productions, Junior and Senior IGSSA Dance and Friday Dance, devoting my love for dance and drama to everyone involved  

Who is a leader that you admire? Why?

I admire 2021 Performing Arts Captain, Gabriella Gavranic, not only as a leader but as a person. As my other half in the 2021 Senior years production, Ask Any Girl, she really motivated me to become not only a better performer but also a better leader. She taught me that it is important to plan ahead, as well as take time to make sure that I am not drowning in my work, and taking care of myself.

I also admire our 2021 Head Girl, Stella Hammond. Both Gaby and Stella dedicated their time to other co-curriculars, but also made sure that they fulfilled the requirements of their role to the fullest. They were also incredibly generous and kind, caring for everyone that they come across. 

ABBY YOUNG, SERVICE CAPTAIN  

Why did you apply for a leadership position? 

I applied for a leadership position because I have gained so much from my time at Santa Maria, and I wanted to give back through my leadership. I have always looked up to the student leaders of the College, they have been such amazing role models for me and I feel as though I have learnt so much from them. I wanted the opportunity to follow in their footsteps and be a role model for younger students. I applied for the position of Service Captain because being involved in the Service Program at Santa Maria has been so rewarding. I love how service can bring different year groups together, build friendships and help students work together to make a difference in the community.  

What do you hope to achieve in your new leadership role? 

I hope to inspire the younger students at the college to become involved with service, especially co-curricular activities. I believe that if students get involved, they will learn the value of helping those in need and will continue to serve those around them. I want to help foster the spirit of service in all students, which will hopefully allow our College community to do as much as possible to help those in need.  

What experience do you bring to this role? 

I have loved being a part of the Service Program over my time at Santa Maria. Through completing the program, and through my involvement in service co-curricular activities, I have learnt the value of service and experienced the lasting impact it can have on others and yourself. I have been fortunate to have held leadership positions in some of the service co-curriculars which has helped me reflect on how I can promote service within the school community.  

Who is a leader that you admire? Why? 

I admire New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She is a strong leader, but she is also authentic, empathetic and kind. Solidarity is a strong quality of hers, which is illustrated by the 20% pay cut she took for six months during COVID-19. She embodies a servant leadership style, which is why she is a leader I admire.  

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