Cap­tains take helm

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT Dou­glas State School is in good hands with cap­tains Jack Har­ring­ton and Kashana Briscoe and vice cap­tains Cas­sia Jansen and Fraser Allen tak­ing the helm with the ex­press aim of im­prov­ing school life.

Elec­tions were held last week and more than 20 stu­dents ap­plied for the po­si­tions.

The lead­ers went on a camp to Lake Ti­na­roo to learn im­por­tant lead­er­ship skills in­clud­ing com­mu­ni­cat­ing clearly, pro­vide en­cour­age­ment and sup­port and make de­ci­sions.

Vice cap­tain Cas­sia Jansen said the most im­por­tant as­pect she learnt was mod­el­ling be­hav­iour and show­ing re­spect for oth­ers and the school.

‘‘We want to do­nate money to the school, en­vi­ron­ment and char­ity through fundrais­ers so ev­ery­one gets some­thing and I just want to make it a really fun year,’’ she said.

Prin­ci­pal Ben­jamin Gaske said when all the stu­dents were giv­ing their speeches dur­ing the vot­ing process he took note of com­mon themes and the four lead­ers stood out.

‘‘ Care for each other, be in­volved in the com­mu­nity, they are tremen­dous fu­ture thinkers and Cas­sia’s big point that ev­ery­thing needs to be fun,’’ he said.

‘‘There were so many com­mon themes through­out and I was proud to lis­ten to them, I find it really en­thralling to work with th­ese guys.’’

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