A Note from the Principal | Peter Coombs
An important aspect of our learning program at the College is to provide leadership opportunities for all of our students. Being a leader encourages students to take an active role in the school community and develop positive skills in the process.
A good example of this is the Peer Support program, in which a number of 2024 Year 10 students receive training in leadership skills in preparation for working with groups of Year 6 students throughout the year. The process begins with the Peer Support leaders facilitating activities with incoming Year 6 students at the Orientation Day on Wednesday 22 November. The Peer Support program helps to increase friendships for Year 6 students as they transition to Senior School. Students are taught how to form relationships and develop empathy and a sense of connectedness towards students they might not typically engage with. The 2024 Year 10 Peer Support Leaders recently attended an overnight camp where they learned ways to lead the younger students through activities that explore social and emotional skills focusing on resilience, values, and anti-bullying. The program is a great opportunity for our older and younger students to form strong bonds that will last during their time at the College.
Recently we have also completed the process of selecting the Year 12 Student Council for 2024. In order to be considered for a leadership role the students were required to complete a written application and present to interview panels which included Executive team members, Heads of Department and current Year 12 Captains. Candidates for Head Student were also required to deliver a speech to their student peers. I would like to thank our Director of Upper School, Craig Hillman for facilitating this process and am pleased to share Student Council for 2024:
Head Students: Maya Armitage and Hannah Kelly
Sports Captains: Jasmine Williams and Tom Hayward
Arts Captains: Imi Young and Amber Weir
Council Secretary: Kyle Piesse
Academic Captain: Amelia Mirco
Environment Captain: Amelie Flynn
Middle School Captain: Emma Thompson
Wellbeing Captain: Lexi Andrews
Cardan House Captains: Caitlyn Ludlow and Ruby Hercik-Saul
Kiara House Captains: Elizabeth McBride and Jye Stephens
Waughul House Captains: Bria Pitt, Jayme Thomas
It was pleasing to see many parents on campus recently for the Year 9 Community Project evening. A number of parents have mentioned to me how impressed they were with the conversations they were able to have with students about their projects and the ways in which students were able to engage with the community beyond the College. This year we opened up the Project to allow for greater choice for the students and this has resulted in wonderful examples of students acquiring new knowledge and skills, communicating with a range of people and solving challenging problems along the way to completing their project.
Thank you to Rebecca Murray and all of the teachers who served as supervisors and mentors working with students on their projects throughout the year.