Lead­ers told team­work is best way

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

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.

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