Ladies and gentlemen, teachers and students, I’d like to welcome you all to the first school assembly for the New Year. My name is Ashleigh Appleyard and this is Jack Byram. It is with great honour that we stand here today, elected as School Captains for 2016.
This year, as student leaders, we would like to continue the already prosperous and happy atmosphere in our school. Firstly, by continuing with our highly commendable and successful fundraisers for a variety of valuable causes. Secondly, by continuing the growth of events that bring out the best and most artistic people among our student body such as Leeming’s Got Talent. Last year this event showcased some amazing and talented students and we feel as if this is a fundamental part of what makes Leeming Senior High School so great.
A leader is the person who guides a group [, organisation or country. They set direction, build an inspiring vision and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to ‘win’ as a team or an organisation; and it is dynamic, exciting and inspiring. Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination in a smooth and efficient way.
We, as leaders, need to fulfil a number of duties and demonstrate various attributes to ensure the school operates to the best of its ability. These attributes include our commitment, not only to the school but to our grades as well, nurturing to ourselves and others, the ability to delegate as needed and the confidence to speak up for myself and others who are not able to. To have the ability to inspire and act as a voice for not only myself but the whole student body and to maintain a positive attitude towards everything and the ability to use initiative and creativity to ensure that we fulfil the motto of the school - Harmony and Excellence.
We have the privilege of being the representatives of the student body for school which, over its history, has been a harbour of success. Over its rich history, Leeming Senior High School has set the precedent for student behaviour, academic results and sporting achievements to name just a few. This is in no doubt due to the great community spirit that is present within our school. There is great harmony (as it states in the school’s mantra) in the way that teachers and students cooperate to achieve excellence, and this has been demonstrated time and time again with the consistently high academic results produced by graduating students. For example, you may have heard of the student Amy James, who last year graduated Leeming Senior High School as one of the top 41 students in the entire state. Her results, on top of many other students in the past who have achieved similar success, demonstrate that Leeming Senior High School is a leading scene for education and clearly dispels the myth that public school educations are inferior to those of private school.
Of course, the school would not be what it is today without the efforts of our student council. They have always been an integral part of the highly successful school system. Last year alone, the council was involved in numerous fundraisers in the form of BBQs and sausage sizzles for causes such as breast cancer and our lovely sponsor child. The student council also played an important part in the large scale toilet renovations that took place. Having an entity such as the student council is crucial in maintaining a strong sense of community within our school and being able to be at the forefront of such a successful and active organisation is a very high honour for Ashleigh and me.
We are all greatly privileged to be part of such a fantastic school. School gives you friendships and opportunities that you may never have again. In the future, you have to make your own opportunities so make the most of it while you can; volunteer for situations that push you out of your comfort zone as they allow you to grow as a person, and that’s what school is really about.
I would like to wish everyone a very successful and productive year ahead, and for my fellow Year 12s who have undertaken ATAR studies as well as those who are undertaking Vocational Training and general courses, I wish you all good luck for this hectic, but crucial time in our lives and I call upon you all to work hard, because at the end of the year, this is it, we enter the real world; we only have one shot at this.
Will you look back on Year 12 and be proud of yourself? Ask yourself who you want to be and what you wish to achieve. If we persevere and discipline ourselves, we can all reach our goals and create pathways to successful future careers.