Leaders told teamwork is best way
SUPERHEROES need not apply to St Joseph’s Primary School in Gayndah.
Effective leaders work with others to achieve goals and need not achieve everything on their own, principal Ben Gray said at the school’s leadership mass.
Year 6-7 students were presented as community, faith or sports leaders during the mass led by Bishop Brian Finnigan.
Reminding students that Jesus was the good shepherd, Bishop Finnigan said: “Don’t go rushing around bossing people”.
“Treat them with kindness and respect; serve them in various ways.”
Bishop Finnigan said his reminders of good leadership were engraved on his shepherd’s staff or crozier.
The hook was coloured blue as “I was born in the southern ocean”, he said, which in turn reminded him of the waters of baptism.
Joining the wooden sections of his staff were metal strips, each engraved with images representing the Christian journey.
Images included a cross representing Jesus’s invitation to “come, follow me”, a ship to weather the “stormy patches of life”, a fishing net to represent discipleship, and the Eucharist symbols of bread and wine.
Mr Gray said the Years 6-7 leadership journey began with a leadership conference in Brisbane about six weeks ago, and continued with extra sessions at school.
During the leadership mass, the leaders each received a lantern, a symbol of guidance which they will provide to others.
Outside the leaders held their lanterns aloft and formed a guard of honour for their fellow students and parents as they exited the church.
Their new roles as leaders had begun, Mr Gray said.
LEADING THE WAY: St Joseph's Primary School leaders hold lanterns following the leadership mass. Back (L to R): Father Jason Middleton, Zarabella Bambling, TomColvin, Patrick Kirk, Warwick Pearse, Lawson Kenny, Sophie Young, Archbishop Brian Finnigan. Front: Shakia Murton, Tom McGregor, Trueman Gamble, Sophie Shadford, Makyah Kreis, Lauchlan Kemp, Mitchell Baker, Adam Pearse and Penne Messer. Absent: Will Roth.
School leader Zarabella Bambling holds a lantern during mass with Bishop Brian Finnigan and Fr Jason Middleton.
Warwick Pearse receives his leadership badge from Bishop Brian Finnigan during the leadership mass.
Bishop Brian Finnigan hands Shakia Murton her leadership badge, watched by teacher Inge Oppermann.