Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Jan 2018 Contents Being a School Leader is
more than just a student
wearing a badge and making
speeches at Assembly, writes
There are many facets and responsibilities
required of a leader, however, it is also important
to remember that one person does not possess
all the qualities needed to lead. It requires a team
effort. Each member of the team, with their own
strengths, will work with others to achieve goals.
2017 RGS Primary Leaders and Secondary
Captains, along with Headmaster Dr Phillip
Moulds and Head of Primary Mr Geoff Hadwen,
reflect on the importance of this role.
RGS Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds
believes leaders require a few principles,
including that of influence.
“Whatever they do, whatever they don’t
do they have an influence upon the School,
upon the culture and how they are perceived
among others,’’ Dr Moulds said.
“Therefore by being really mindful of what they
stand for, what they think is permissible and what
they support within the School has a great impact
upon everyone else. Their values and beliefs and
actions all need to be coherent and aligned.
“They need to have the courage to make those
hard choices and difficult choices on occasion.”
Dr Moulds said the School Captains are charged
with the overall conduct and culture of the School
– students in partnership with staff set the culture.
“ You want the culture and climate
to be generated by everyone within
the School,’’ Dr Moulds said.
They are also leaders to the younger students.
“I think we underestimate sometimes
the influence those people (leaders) have,
particularly on the younger grades, and what
they aspire to and what they aspire to be. How
they want to become involved in the School.”
Their role involves regular meetings with
senior staff to discuss official events and
the needs of the School. They are a voice for
their fellow students. Just as are Prefects.
“It can’t just be up to four people. In fact it can’t
just be up to the Prefects and the School Captains.
It’s the whole Year 12 cohort that really set the
tone. They are important touch stones in terms of
being able to collaborate, to get ideas and needs
from the whole School through those channels.”
Dr Moulds also envisions long term
qualities gained from being a leader.
“I think, one, I hope it provides them with the
deep sense of appreciation and love for their
School. Secondly, as people, I think it really
informs their character development.”
Dr Moulds believes this year’s group of
Secondary School leaders all had different
qualities, but each with their own strengths
to contribute to making something work.
Dr Moulds also believes every student
at RGS can be a leader and contribute to
making this School an “even better place”.
“I encourage them to engage in that,
not only when they get to Year 12 but as
they’re coming through in all the grades
from Prep through to Year 12.”
RGS Head of Primary Mr Geoff Hadwen
always welcomes a new group of student
leaders, and also keeps a close eye on
his Primary past students who move into
leadership roles in the Secondary School.
Mr Hadwen said student leaders were
identified as role models for all other students
in all aspects of school life. This includes
behaviour, dress standards, sportsmanship
and striving for academic growth.
“ They provide the Head of Primary with insights
into concerns, ideas, thoughts of the student body
through their monthly meetings,’’ Mr Hadwen said.
“ They gather this information by visiting
classes to have discussions with them and
importantly have to report back to these
classes with outcomes of decisions made.”
Their roles include chairing functions
like Speech Night, formal assemblies
and presenting certificates to the
student body at weekly assemblies.
In Primary they also deliver vote of thanks
at events and organise activities around
the School, like icy cup sales, school
dances and sporting competitions.
“They are a great team and I hope the skills
they have learnt this year in their role will
assist them throughout the next phases of
their life after Primary,’’ Mr Hadwen said.
Pictured from left: Brooke Peckett, Molly Cottam, Ava Tregea, Mr Geoff Hadwen, Shanelle James, Meghan Wilson, Isabella Mitchener,
Gerard Moriarty, Hollie Acton, Elizabeth Clarke, Jock Menzies, Mason Henderson, Ben Woods, Dr Phillip Moulds, Logan Green and Harrison Rooks.
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