As school captain for 2023, I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent and lead our wonderful school, Westbourne Grammar.
I am looking forward to building on the legacy of past leaders and having a positive impact on our school community as we continue to grow and inspire each other. I also hope to develop myself as a leader by developing strong relationships with others, and embodying the school values of community, creativity, scholarship and courage.
Next year, I wish to encourage others to embrace who they are and their own individual skills and interests. I believe that for each student to thrive in the classroom, they need to feel included, valued, and eager to come to school.
Creating a sense of community is essential in building a place of belonging where students feel safe to take risks, ask questions and embrace every opportunity that comes their way. For me, school is about giving things a go, making mistakes, and growing into a better person than the day before.
Westbourne Grammar offers so many amazing opportunities and experiences for students.
When students feel recognised and valued for who they are, they are more likely to try new things, step out of their comfort zone, and thrive.
I recognise that receiving this position of being a leader at Westbourne is a huge privilege and responsibility, but it is one that I am excited to take on and embrace during my last year of secondary school.
Heading into 2023, I aspire to uphold our school values of community, courage, creativity, and scholarship, using these values to further create an inclusive Westbourne environment that ensures each student feels as though they are proud to belong.
I am most excited to work in combination with Westbourne’s 2023 prefect body to launch new initiatives while recognising and upkeeping the work of past prefects. For example, their creation of Westbourne’s PRIDE group, cultural recognition segments within Westbourne’s assemblies and the student article writing platform Westbourne and Bred.
Finally, before my school journey comes to an end, I hope to inspire and motivate my peers to harness the opportunities that Westbourne offers.
With such a broad array of extra-curricular activities, such as music, sport, public speaking, and many more, I hope to encourage those around me to get involved in these opportunities and expand their learning beyond the walls of the classroom.