From the Head of Junior School
Our Year 6 Leaders partook in the annual Ignatian Youth Leadership Conference this week, hosted by St Aloysius’ College, Sydney. Joining 90 participants across six schools from Melbourne and Sydney, our students explored models of leadership and, in particular, how through servant leadership we are encouraged to lead in generous service of others.
Children explored how leadership encompasses both ‘stepping up’ and ‘stepping back’. Stepping up is learning to build their own voice, to own what they say in understanding their right to be heard. Stepping back, for any good leader, is understanding that we do not require centre stage to lead; rather, it is about believing in, including, and empowering others. Effective leadership extends to helping others see the great qualities they have in themselves by shining the spotlight on them.
This focus on ‘human skills’ is not limited to those on the recent leadership camp, but incorporates a deliberate approach our College has taken in building these ‘learning assets’ in all of our students on a day-to-day basis through our teaching and learning programs. Such soft skills are readily identified by the Work Smart website on building mindful, transformational leadership for the future.
On behalf of Mrs Polyak and Mr Carey, I can honestly say that it has been a privilege spending time with our youth on this trip, in deepening their own sense of self and relationships with others. In listening to their voice and hope-filled optimism, I feel very much affirmed that the future of our world belongs to children such as these. Reminiscent of Saint Ignatius’ legacy in commissioning Francis Xavier to Asia, we hope to animate this great endeavour with all of our students: ite, inflammate omnia – go, set the world alight.
Mr Nic Boys
Head of Senior School
Below: Photos of the Student Leadership Group (Gabrielle Elias, James Evans, Lucile Gauducheau, Jessica Goodwin, Ned Lyall, Alexander Kavanagh, Isabel McKay, Kiara Matkovic, Juliet Mazur, Stefania Musolino, Reid O’Callaghan, Joshua Van Der Linden, Levi Villios, Henry Whiteman, Chloe Whiteman, Freddie Whitford) with teachers Mr David Carey, Mrs Adele Polyak and Head of Junior School, Mr Nic Boys.