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From the Rector
At the Valedictory Assembly on Friday 20 October, the new Student Leaders for 2018 were announced and inducted. They have taken on the great challenge of leading their peers by word and example. I would like to reiterate my congratulations, and my thanks to them for accepting this role. I would also like to pay tribute to their parents and families for their love, support and encouragement. These boys will certainly be helped by our staff to carry out their duties and responsibilities to the best of their ability.
From my point of view, I would like to emphasize some areas to which these Leaders can contribute in a significant way.
In the first instance, these boys are those who ‘set the tone’ of the school, or to put it another way, they play a major part in creating and maintaining ‘the school spirit’.
As leading members of a Catholic school, our Student Leaders must set an example in upholding the Catholic ethos of the school, in such matters as class prayer, Religious Education and promoting Gospel values; including having respect for all, helping our weaker students and being the first to take on ‘service’ tasks such as social justice outreach activities. In the context of large gatherings of students, such as assemblies and school liturgies, Student Leaders must be an example of active participation.
After 60 years of providing quality Catholic education, this College already has a well-established tradition in the matters I mentioned above. The 2018 Leaders have been entrusted with this rich legacy. They are ‘keepers of the vision and the mission’.
It is up to them to pass this on to future generations of students at this College.
Being a strong and committed leader does not always result in being the most popular person! On the contrary, a leader who listens, consults and involves others in dialogue must eventually make a decision which may not be popular. A good leader knows how to accept criticism, and to benefit from it. In these situations, the understanding and support of staff and parents is vital in the development of leadership qualities in a young person.
I pray that God’s blessing and his help will guide all the Student Leaders of Salesian College to live up to the expectations of staff and parents, and especially of their own peers.
Fr Frank Bertagnolli SDB