Middle School Leaders commissioning service

February 5, 2018
2018 Middle School Leaders with Dr Collier and Mr Partington: (left to right, top row) Dong Duong (Dylan) Nguyen, Ronin Kennedy, Gemma Gardiner, Gladys Turner. Bottom row: Thomas O’Keefe, Alyssa Palmer, Scout Hollyman, James Stewart.

Our new Middle School Leaders were commissioned in today’s assembly in St Andrew’s Cathedral, attended by all Year 7-9 students.

The group of eight Year 9 students were congratulated by the Head of Middle School, Mr John Partington, on their selection.

“The year coordinators and I have every confidence in your ability to lead the Middle School and look forward to working with you in the year ahead,” he said.

Parents were invited to pin the badges on the newly commissioned leaders — their involvement a reminder that the students will be leading with the support of their families.

Head of School Dr Collier reflected on the Biblical principle of showing love in leadership, with care and concern for others, particularly when it is difficult:

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:10-11

Middle School Leaders Gladys Turner and James Stewart said they were excited to begin their roles.

“I’m excited about having a better relationship with my peers and teachers, and being able to form relationships with other people,” James said after the assembly. “We have to be role models for other students, and be able to help them when they’re in need. Having someone to look up to, especially someone your own age, you can relate to them. They can ask you for help, because we’re both doing it together.”

Gladys said she applied for a leadership position because she wanted to be able to support the Middle School community: “In this role, I saw that I could take care of my peers, and I could be there for them. It wasn’t about me being great, it was more that I could do things and I could help students if they wanted to do something together as well.”

– Anthony Segaert