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).