Chang­ing of guard at high school

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - FIONA CROFT

BE­COM­ING a school cap­tain at Moss­man High School isn’t just about win­ning a pop­u­lar­ity con­test. First there is a writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tion in­clud­ing three se­lec­tion cri­te­ria, then an in­ter­view process in front of a panel of four and to top it off, a speech in front of the year eleven stu­dents.

Un­daunted by the process, stu­dent ap­pli­ca­tions have in­creased from 20 last year to 33 for 2011.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Stephen Guthrie said that this gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents are ex­pected to have sev­eral ca­reers.

“School cap­tain sits well on your CV,” Mr Guthrie said.

The school cap­tains have to be a good ex­am­ple to other stu­dents.

The school cap­tains are se­lected through stu­dents, school ad­min­is­tra­tors, and feed­back from their own teach­ers.

A school cap­tain needs to have ini­tia­tive, know how to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and be good at team work. They rep­re­sent the school at in­ter­school sport and cul­tural events and in­clud­ing aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sions such as AN­ZAC Day.

“They also have to be ap­proach­able to younger stu­dents,” said Alan Car­ring­ton.

Na­dia Zi­gas said she has had stu­dents ask her ad­vice.

“I had a stu­dent this year say I was a good role model and they were in­spired to ap­ply to be a school cap­tain,” Na­dia said.

Erin Jef­frey, is a newly in­ducted 2011 school cap­tain who said she had al­ways looked up to the school cap­tains as won­der­ful role mod­els.

“It’s not only about be­ing a stu­dent leader, I just wanted help younger stu­dents gain

2010 School Cap­tains Na­dia Zi­gas and Alan Car­ring­ton look on as Rose Coysh presents new 2011 school cap­tain badges to front left to right Amy Will­ing, Tay­lor Guthrie and Erin Jef­frey more con­fi­dence and get more in­volved in school events and ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

Erin is very mod­est about her abil­ity to play more than eight in­stru­ments and has set her sights on com­bin­ing her love of study­ing mu­sic along with be­com­ing a sur­geon.

Rose Coysh said the 2010 school cap­tains were hav­ing an in­for­mal chat with the 2011 about one of their favourite event the school dis­cos. “It’s all about get­ting peo­ple in­volved and hav­ing a good time,” she said.

2010 School Cap­tains Na­dia Zi­gas and Alan Car­ring­ton pic­tured at rear look on as Rose Coysh front right presents new 2011 school cap­tain badges to front left to right Amy Will­ing, Tay­lor Guthrie and Erin Jef­frey .

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