Leaders hard at work to leave their legacy behind
THEIR time as seniors is fleeting, but these four school captains are working hard to ensure they leave behind a positive legacy which will continue on after they leave.
Rockhampton Grammar School captains Gerard Moriarty and Elizabeth Clarke along with vice captains Mason Henderson and Meghan Wilson officially accepted their captaincies yesterday morning, in front of their peers, and have made their visions for the year ahead crystal clear; to continue fostering the positive culture which exists in the school while helping the wider Rockhampton community.
The young leaders wanted to break down barriers between grades so younger students would feel comfortable approaching leaders.
"Hopefully we can all work together, especially with the other students in other grades to unite the school, ensuring there is no division,” Gerard said.
" It's not about taking all the responsibility on, it's more a way for the students who don't have a big a voice as we do to be able to come up and talk to us and we can then give them that voice and put forward those ideas while making everyone feel comfortable and welcome,” Meg added.
Elizabeth who attended the school leaders meeting last week said one of the Grammar captains visions for the year was to work with other leaders in the region to help the wider community.
"We have met a lot of leaders from other schools in the Rockhampton region and we think using those connections with those leaders from those schools, we'd be able to tackle some issues and have those conversations about what we can do as leaders in our school and local communities,” she said.
"Within Grammar we don't just fundraise for our formals and for the valedictory committees and things like that, we fundraise for things like the farmers drought and 40 hour famine.
"I guess we can speak to the leaders of the other schools in the region and encourage them to also hold fundraiser's like that within their schools, so it can't just be the Grammar school doing that, it should be every school within the region doing fundraiser's that help their communities.”
The four captains who are excited to be in their final year of schooling said taking on a leadership position such as school captain provided them opportunities to learn skills which would benefit them beyond school life.
"Being a captain provides us with a lot of skills we can take into the work place, once we get out into the real world we will have the experience of working with people and working with colleges which will help us when we get jobs,” Elizabeth said.
"I mean it really helps building connections and meeting new people, it's always skills you are going to be using throughout your life. So it's definitely going to help this year getting to know our whole grade and working together to build our team building skills,” Mason added.
"It also helps us take initiative as well, when we get into the real world we have to do things by ourselves and I guess being leaders at school we have to not necessarily do things by ourselves but we have to be the ones to push for ideas to happen,” said Gerard.