2018 Proserpine State High School leaders at the the induction ceremony on January 29, 2018.
2018 Proserpine State High School leaders at the the induction ceremony on January 29, 2018.

Collaboration is key for young leaders

HONOUR our school, represent the student body is the collective aim of the 2018 Proserpine State High School leadership team inducted into their positions this week.

"An important part of leadership is the vision that you have and opportunity to impart that vision we have onto the school and to make a difference by the end of the year,” vice-captain Jade Davis said.

In attendance at Monday's ceremony was MP Jason Costigan and Mayor Andrew Willcox, leaders and representatives within the Whitsunday community, who were there to impart some words of wisdom with the young leaders.

Former students Blake Farmer and Heidi Moore were also in attendance and recognised for their academic achievements and awarded with $1500 bursaries; Blake received the Douglas Debney Memorial Bursary and Heidi received the George Telford Memorial Bursary.

The bursaries were presented by Wilmar work execution manager Sebastian Foti, Heidi will start her six year degree studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at JCUniversity in Townsville.

Blake will study a Bachelor of Advanced Maths at Wollongong University and said the bursary will be a "huge help from the mill when we move away and I plan to buy a lot of Bitcoin.”

Both award winners agreed that Year 12 "flew by so quickly,” Heidi spoke of her experience, Blake added "it was always pretty relaxed until the night before something was due.”

Come the close of the 2018 school year the team of four school captains agreed they wanted to band together in order to leave a legacy, achieved by working closely with the senior leadership group and the sports captains.

All four captains have nominated themselves for leadership roles throughout their junior and primary school years and have an understanding of what good leadership entails.

The similar leadership structure that exists in junior school, allows the team of captains to understand the needs of the student body, college captain Darcy Larkin said "it allows us to get in touch with the different year levels and attitudes as ours could be different from that of a year 7, for example.”

Jade defined leadership as meaning many different things to different people, "there isn't a real definition if you start young and progress you are able to define yourself and what you believe leadership is,” he said.

The school has many different leadership roles throughout the year levels and the student captains agreed that the big team of senior school leaders "is definitely a bonus,” vice-school captain Georgia Muller said.

Agreeing that it would be tough to balance the demands of year 12 and the honour representing the school as captains Porsha Hancock school captain said "working together we are quite diverse and will get the job done.”