Members Statement – Last week I joined Greater Shepparton Secondary College for their leaders’ investiture assembly and for the presentation of the badges to the school captains and leadership team. As we walked into the assembly the school jazz band was playing an excellent rendition of Valerie by Amy Winehouse. When the presentations got underway it was fantastic to see and hear the applause given to the captains and leadership team from their peers who cheered them on as they received their badges. Congratulations to college captains Farid Hassani and Abby Knight and to vice-captains Cagla Tokay and Emily Chalmers. During the assembly the leadership team read and signed a leadership commitment statement of the positive role models they will strive to be and promised to uphold the school values of honesty, trust, accountability, excellence and respect.
This is an important time for the students, staff, teachers and parents, and I am so proud of the college captains and leadership team who will be leading and supporting their peers throughout this period of great transition into the Greater Shepparton Secondary College—a major milestone in the Shepparton education plan. To get to where we are today has not been easy; transformational change never is. To see the students, who are our future, rally together to support one another was a heartwarming moment. In any leadership position there will be times where it will not be easy, but with the help and support of your friends, parents and teachers, you can do it.