New lead­ers

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Co­bram Sec­ondary Col­lege’s next gen­er­a­tion of school lead­ers have been elected.

The four-per­son lead­er­ship team — El­lie Jones (cap­tain), Mitchell Hawke (cap­tain), Alan­nah Furm­ston (vice-cap­tain) and Tris­tan Grin­ter (vice­cap­tain) — were in­formed of the good news last Tues­day.

As part of the se­lec­tion process, each stu­dent had to write a speech and then de­liver it to their fel­low stu­dents at a school assem­bly.

Once they had read their speeches, stu­dents and teach­ers voted to elect next year’s lead­ers.

‘‘See­ing the speeches ev­ery year from for­mer stu­dents was in­spir­ing and made me want to do it my­self,’’ Miss Furm­ston said.

Mr Grin­ter said it was no easy task de­liv­er­ing his speech to hun­dreds of on­look­ers.

‘‘I was lit­er­ally shak­ing, it was a pretty nervewrack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he said.

Each stu­dent would look to stamp their own im­print and per­son­al­ity on the role.

‘‘I’m ac­tu­ally heav­ily in­volved with the Scouts, so I sup­pose I will bring the qual­i­ties of the Scout law. I think I’m a born leader and al­ways thought it would be a good role to take on,’’ Mr Grin­ter said.

‘‘I’ve al­ways seen my­self as a leader, even amongst friends, so when this po­si­tion came up I thought why not. I think hon­esty is a qual­ity I al­ways try and stay true too,’’ Miss Furm­ston said.

As co-cap­tain, Miss Jones was ea­ger to lead by ex­am­ple as much as pos­si­ble.

‘‘I guess my aim that I want to bring to the ta­ble is not just be­ing a leader in po­si­tion, but also in ac­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘I re­ally want as a col­lec­tive, our lead­er­ship team to be re­ally proac­tive in get­ting things done and hav­ing an ac­tual im­pact on the school rather than just stand­ing up and mak­ing a speech.’’

Mr Hawke was con­fi­dent the group would be able to yield pos­i­tive re­sults for the school con­sid­er­ing they all know each other well and get along.

‘‘We’ve been on World Chal­lenge and Ad­vance to­gether, which I think is re­ally good be­cause we al­ready know how we all work to­gether,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re also all pretty dif­fer­ent in the way we lead which I think is a good thing be­cause we all bring dif­fer­ent ideas and char­ac­ter­is­tics to the ta­ble.’’

Miss Jones said she had al­ready pin­pointed a few ar­eas the lead­er­ship group could fo­cus on to im­prove the school en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘I would like us to push more stu­dent en­gage­ment and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties out­side of the nor­mal school en­vi­ron­ment.’’

Miss Jones said the newly-formed lead­er­ship team was also ex­cited to work closely with prin­ci­pal Kim­ber­ley Tem­pest.

‘‘She’s very en­er­getic and she re­ally wants the stu­dents to take a role in how the school is run and re­ally make sure our voices are heard.’’

New lead­ers: Co­bram Sec­ondary Col­lege lead­ers for 2019 Alan­nah Furm­ston (vice­cap­tain), El­lie Jones (cap­tain), prin­ci­pal Kim­ber­ley Tem­pest, Mitchell Hawke (cap­tain) and Tris­tan Grin­ter (vice-cap­tain).

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