Meet the new school lead­ers at St Cather­ine’s

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MORE than 500 stu­dents, teach­ers, sup­port staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tended a whole school mass to hon­our the new house lead­ers of St Cather­ine’s Catholic Col­lege.

As year 7 will of­fi­cially be­come a part of sec­ondary school next year, St Cather­ine’s Catholic Col­lege de­cided to elect house lead­ers from year 6 and 7 in 2014.

Prin­ci­pal Sharyn Bell said the new house lead­ers were cho­sen af­ter tak­ing part in a lead­er­ship camp last year in which stu­dents ex­plored the char­ac­ter­is­tics and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of great lead­ers.

“Af­ter this camp, stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to nom­i­nate for a lead­er­ship role and pre­sented speeches to their peers be­fore voting oc­curred,” she said.

“While these stu­dents have an im­por­tant role in leading as­sem­blies, rep­re­sent­ing our col­lege at com­mu­nity events and run­ning the stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil, we con­sider all year 6 & 7 stu­dents to be lead­ers of our school. Our older stu­dents un­der­stand that they are re­spon­si­ble for as­sist­ing and sup­port­ing younger stu­dents and teach­ers through­out the year.”

Ms Bell said all house lead­ers trav­elled to Mackay last week to take part in the GRIP lead­er­ship pro­gram to en­rich their un­der­stand­ing of the role.

Chair­man of St Cather­ine’s school board Nathan Blain pre­sented the new lead­ers with their badges at the cer­emo- ny about two weeks ago. The house lead­ers of Ig­natius are Madi McGoldrick and Char­lotte Oren­shaw, with Ned Bar­bara and Kim Azul leading Xavier.

Tori Mans­field and Cal­lam Ogilvie-Al­cock are the house lead­ers of Frayne while Zayne Tay­lor-Crane and Ayla Ova- ri will lead McAuley this year. Fa­ther Bill Busut­tin cel­e­brated the mass which was held at the Fa­ther Tom Gard Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 12. All in at­ten­dance were in­vited to re­ceive com­mu­nion at the end of the cer­e­mony.

YOUNG STARS: St Cather­ine's Catholic Col­lege house lead­ers for 2014 are Ig­nau­tius - Madi McGoldrick and Char­lotte Oren­shaw, Xavier - Ned Bar­bara and Kim Azul, Frayne - Tori Mans­field and Cal­lam Ogilvie-Al­cock with McAuley lead­ers Zayne Tay­lor-Crane and Ayla Ovari.

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