Ss Michael and John's Primary School Horsham proudly announced and presented their student leaders for the 2020 year during a special beginning of year mass celebration last Friday. Grade six students Lani Watson and Henry Overman have been named school captains and Wynter James and Nicholas Gardiner as vice-captains.
The nominated student leaders elected by their peers will be called upon to represent the School, its values and traditions. They are invited to be of service to their own year level, and they will be asked to provide leadership for the whole student body and to take on a range of responsibilities.
The process for the school leader appointment began in December last year when students were required to make a speech in front of their peers, staff and leadership. Deputy Principal Michael Rowe said that it is a valuable experience for all prospective student leaders and provides insights to the judgement process. 'Leadership is on display for everyone to see when you elect to put yourself forward,' Michael said.
This year, a new model of student leadership was introduced where all Grade Six students are part of a team, giving them ownership over making the school community a happier, more engaging and fulfilling place.
'On behalf of our entire school community, I would like to congratulate our successful candidates; we look forward to your contributions and leadership,' Michael said.
Horsham College has started the new academic year with an increase in enrolments across every year level. It has become a destination school for many students who travel from distances as far as Edenhope, Nhill and beyond to take advantage of the broad range of subjects, extra-curricular programs such as the Performing and Creative Arts and sport, as well as outstanding VCE results and the excellent outcomes for student in employment, training and further education.
The College congratulates all students who have moved into employment, training and further education recently, including all of students who have enrolled in university and TAFE courses and are about to start courses such as Law, Commerce, Engineering, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Biomedicine, Education and the Arts. Horsham College students are represented at Monash, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe, Deakin, RMIT, Swinburne, ACU, Federation and several interstate universities.
The highlights for 2020 will be the Horsham College production of Matilda, the increased focus on student agency and voice led by the new student leadership team, the growing participation of girls in senior maths, physics and chemistry, and continued success in sporting and VCE results.
Horsham College is confident it can maintain its standing as one of the top three large government schools in regional Victoria, a position it has held for the past few years.
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College is a small school that, to coin a cliché, punches above its weight.
On many occasions, prospective families ask them to identify what makes the school great and often, they find it hard to single out any one element that stands out.
At the heart, the school puts student outcomes first. Whether it be implementing a new initiative, purchasing new equipment, hiring new staff, or choosing what extracurricular activities to pursue, the overarching consideration is, will this make a positive difference to the students?
In 2020, there are 160 students enrolled - drawn from a wide surrounding area. The college's academic results continue to be some of the best in the region, with excellent learning growth shown in all Naplan domains; the VCE All-study median score was 31 in 2019. This is well above state, as it has been for the past five years. Complementing this great achievement data is the consistently positive student, parent and staff survey results.
"The school on the hill" as DMSC has affectionately been known for many years, is also the town's war memorial. Commemorating both Anzac Day and Remembrance Day is important and all students play a role in the school service each year. The emphasis that is placed on these commemorations clearly shows that while the school strives to be a progressive educational environment, it also values the past and instils in its students an understanding of what has gone before.
Holy Trinity Lutheran College would like to introduce their college captains for 2020, Elisha Barry and Dyson Parish. They will be supported by vice-captains Jemma Nagorcka and Jason Reichelt. The 2020 junior school captains are Gemma Freijah and Cadel Hawken with Zara Adams and Harrison Daniell as vice-captains; the middle school captains are Zoa Mock and Wil Tippet and Leah Eilola and Henry Kinsman are vice-captains.
At Holy Trinity, students are provided with pathways for them to grow and develop their leadership skills.
They are ambassadors who embody the college's values of achievement, creativity, respect, responsibility, diversity and acceptance. While formal leaderships positions are acknowledged at Holy Trinity Lutheran College, students don't need to have a badge on their chest to be a leader.
All students are encouraged to lead by example, where service to others, teamwork, taking initiative and developing responsibility is emphasised.
As part of HTLC's commitment to developing the leaders of tomorrow, we offer academic scholarships to students who have the potential to benefit from the college's outstanding academic and co-curricular programs.
The school invites families with students currently in Year 6 and Year 9 (at any school) to consider applying for an academic scholarship in 2021.
Apply now at http://htlc.vic.edu.au/scholarships/. Applications close on Wednesday February 19.