Thursday 23 November 2023

New Student Leaders

Ivanhoe Grammar School’s 2024 Captains and Prefects were inducted at assemblies at both Ridgeway and Plenty Campuses.  Firstly our new School Captains and Prefects for 2024 were inducted at a special Oath Signing ceremony with Principal Gerard Foley and Heads of Campus and then introduced formally to the School community at special assemblies. It is an honour and an important passage for students as new school leaders are presented across all campuses.

These students will form part of the school’s student leadership team for 2024. It is a wonderful accomplishment and an incredible responsibility, and we look forward to watching them flourish in their new roles. With such a capable group of young people of character leading the School, 2024 is shaping up to be a great year at Ivanhoe and we look forward to what this group of student leaders achieve.

Our school Captains share with us their vision for 2024.

School Captain Hamish
Alana and I have a very similar vision, in the fact that we want to create an inclusive environment at Ivanhoe, where positive change can occur through providing voice to all members of our community and inspiring students to step outside of their comfort zones to experience everything Ivanhoe has to offer.

A good leader is an approachable, and positive person who others look up to. A highlight so far of my time at Ivanhoe has been planning and running the Cambodia trivia night this year, as well as the incredible service trip to Cambodia that opened my eyes to Cambodian culture and the world.

Being a young person of character implies being a person brave enough to lead others and step outside of their predefined comfort zones. For it is where we step out of familiarity that we grow, learn and truly make a difference.

School Captain Alana
My vision is to positively contribute to the environment of our school by empowering every student within our community to succeed and grow in their own way and feel their voice is heard and has the power to make a difference. I also want to further strengthen the diverse and inclusive culture that we are so lucky to experience at Ivanhoe. I believe the attributes of a good leader centre around 3 core principles;

1. Communication – I believe in listening to and connecting with the diverse perspectives, experiences and needs of the group to create an environment where every voice is heard, valued and respected.
2. Inclusivity – It is important that every student feels a sense of belonging and feels supported to foster an environment that embraces diversity and celebrates individuality.
3. Empowerment – At the heart of a good leader is empowering others. True leadership lies in supporting the strengths and talents of those around us and inspiring and motivating others.

Although there are many to choose from, the Cambodia trip was my biggest highlight, as it was an incredibly eye-opening experience that allowed me to learn about different cultures and connect with people’s stories from all over the world. Additionally, winning the volleyball Firsts premiership was another highlight as the sense of comradery, friendship and pure joy was unbeatable.

A young person of character means acting with courage, honesty, respect and compassion, and inspiring and supporting others in their endeavour to succeed. Ultimately, it is about building a foundation for a life that is not only successful but also marked by a positive and lasting influence on the world around me.

School Captain Yosip
My vision involves further enhancing the cohesion and inclusivity of all campuses and year levels to continue facilitating personal and collective growth. This includes creating a connected environment in which each individual is respected, and everyone feels empowered to embrace the opportunities available to them. Overall, we want to ensure that 2024 is a memorable year for all, with no regrets.

A good leader sticks to their true values regardless of what others think of them. They lead by example and with confidence, yet also with the humility and gratitude to listen to those around them and acknowledge their own mistakes. Most importantly, a good leader creates an environment that instils a sense of belonging and belief in every individual, empowering them to become the best versions of themselves.

My highlights have been the relationships I have formed with my peers and teachers often through extra-curricular programs like cadets, musicals, sports or school trips. A young person of character understands and embraces their individuality. They tackle all obstacles with a positive mindset so that by the time they leave high school they will feel prepared to positively influence the world around them.

School Captain Anata Gliana
My vision for 2024 is to promote a culture where every voice is valued and heard. I envision a school community that thrives on inclusivity and unity, cultivating a spirit of collaboration that makes us stronger together. By embracing all opportunities for growth, learning, and connection, we can ensure that each member of our school feels a sense of belonging and purpose.

A good leader to me is someone who inspires. One who uses their platform to have a positive impact on those around them. A good leader’s inspiration is not merely conveyed through words but is prominent through them being the very example and catalyst for the change they wish to see, by drawing upon attributes of passion, dedication, and resilience.

I’ve had so many highlights from both my primary and high school experiences here at Ivanhoe Grammar School. One special memory is being part of Ivanhoe’s International Round-Square trip to Malaysia when I was in Year 5. This experience at a young age opened my horizons and helped me see first-hand, and get a deeper understanding of, the world around me. It helped shape me into the person I am today, inspiring me to get out of my comfort zone and take on challenges that I otherwise would have shied away from. I am so grateful to Ivanhoe for this opportunity and would really love to see others seize it too.

In my view, a young person of character is open-minded, having an eagerness to explore, question, and understand the world; they are curious and possess the courage to take initiative. Most importantly, they are always willing to have a go, embracing challenges with resilience and a proactive mindset.