Our student leadership teams are active from Term 3 of Year 11 to Term 2 of Year 12.
Anthony Segaert spoke with current school captains Freya Leach and Harry Carson about their experience so far and what they’re hoping to achieve this year.
Why did you apply to be part of the leadership team?
Freya: I’ve been at SACS since Year 7, and it’s a very unique school and I love it a lot. I’ve always gravitated towards leadership positions and I really enjoy them. I love the traditions we have built over 130+ years and it would be fun!
Harry: Since Middle School, I’ve always looked up to the school’s leaders. To the school which has given so much to me, I wanted to give back, and help Middle School students to do the right thing and have someone to look up to and be a role model for.
How have you found your first term and a bit?
Harry: Everyone has told us that the first term is just super busy. But we haven’t had too much to do so far, though I’m not looking forward to the more hectic weeks and terms to come. But I’ve really enjoyed it so far, and having everyone around the school know who you are makes it so much easier to build relationships with students in younger years. You’re in a role where you can actually make friends with younger years, you can’t do that in any other position.
Freya: I’ve found it really fun! The robes are exciting, and we had to ring the bell at the Year 12 Valedictory! I feel like we’ve been exposed to so many new and different and exciting opportunities that we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise and it’s been great.
What are you guys as a team focusing on this year?
Harry: Building up pride in our school and trying to get everyone in the school to be involved somehow, so that everyone, regardless of their interests, can come to school every day proud of what they do and love their school.
Freya: We’re aware of wanting to make SACS a place where every single student feels that they have a role to play, because they are part of something greater than themselves, and that they are valued for who they are. There’s no one sitting on the sidelines.
How do you make everyone feel like they do have a part to play?
Harry: I think one of the big things is building relationships with younger years and them seeing what is possible when you do get involved. Additionally, it involves creating opportunities for people who may not want to be involved in major co-curriculars, and giving them opportunities to join clubs around the school and to excel in areas they love.
Freya: Real change happens through relationships. They’re so powerful to build people up and bring them along. We are leading from the front but also from the back. We’re supporting Junior School and Middle School and Senior School, and we’re supporting community. Those relationships have been, and are going to be, vital in helping people remember they’re part of something special.
That’s a pretty big responsibility. How do you go about handling that?
Freya: We have a pretty great team. One of the first things Dr Collier said to us at the breakfast where we found out our positions was, ‘don’t forget to delegate.’ I’ve found that to be very true. There are only two captains, but 22 of us on the team. It always works better when you do it as a team. Getting the whole team involved so that they remember that they are valued members of the team also is important.
Harry: I also think that doing some initiatives that get us around people in the Junior and Middle Schools has been really important in that. It helps them to get involved and and get the school community around each other.
Freya: It’s also pretty much impossible for the two of us to have a relationship with the over 1,000 students at school (unless you’re Dr Collier!). We’re part of a team to build relationships with people
What are you most excited about for the rest of your time as captains?
[Both]: more muffins!
Harry: Every Monday the two school captains and two vice captains have a meeting with Dr Collier to check in with us and to hear what is happening in the school. He provides us with muffins, juice and water. Every week I always feel bad if food is left over, so I am always the one who finishes off the muffins. One week there were only two of us at the meetings with the other two at exams, so I had to finish off ten half muffins, just to make sure there was nothing left over!
Freya: And Dr Collier has increased the muffin order as a result!
Harry: But the thing I’m most looking forward to in our leadership term is meeting people from around the school and other schools as well, having relationships with many people in the school and making myself known as not a scary person! Hopefully that will translate to further leadership teams, too.
Freya: I’m most looking forward to seeing how the school grows and changes. With that growth comes exciting new opportunities and an evolving school culture. I’m looking forward to seeing how our leadership team can help promote and evolve the culture further and see where that leads the school.