Geelong College teaches leadership lessons for life

THE 2017 Geelong College prefect body. Student leadership empowers students with an opportunity to strive to be their best and to bring out the best in those around them.
THE 2017 Geelong College prefect body. Student leadership empowers students with an opportunity to strive to be their best and to bring out the best in those around them.

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Geelong College students learn to respect and value leadership and teamwork through a comprehensive leadership program at all levels of the school.

This learning is reinforced in classes and co-curricular activities, and helps young people to become confident and capable leaders.

At the senior school (year 9-12), a group of school prefects, in addition to College co-captains are selected each year. This leadership group is supported by house prefects from the eight houses, and boarding, sports and music captains, bringing the student leadership team to more than 50 students.

The leadership team works together to achieve larger goals, with the program helping to develop leadership skills and each role having specific responsibilities.

“In my leadership role I am responsible for leading by example, being positive and approachable and representing the student body of the college,” co-captain Izzy Greer said.

“More practically, I help run weekly assemblies, organise whole-school fundraisers, co-ordinate with our prefect group and liaise between the teaching leadership group and the student body. I also aim to continue to develop our inclusive culture and represent and promote The Geelong College at every opportunity.”

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Boarding leaders have big responsibilities – they help make the houses great places to live, talk to new boarders about fitting in and homesickness, and liaise with staff about issues or ideas.

“The underrated tasks include the monitoring and constant supporting of the girls ensuring that socially the house is functioning well and there aren’t any critical homesickness cases happening,” girls’ boarding captain Rose Cashman said.

“I have to be a constant figure within the house, so that everyone is comfortable with me and know that I am there for them.

“I lead by example by being punctual and respectful, help with roll-marking during breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings, and organisational matters such as producing house garments and boarding house events.

“Even though public speaking is a challenge for me I speak at events and enjoy sharing my experiences with the general boarding community, as well as the general Geelong College community.”

Principal Dr Peter Miller said developing leadership skills was essential.

“We think it is important that all students explore leadership and teamwork both through formal leadership roles across the year levels, but also more informally such as championing an issue or taking the lead at a camp,” he said.

Students know they are developing skills that will prepare them for life after school.

Find out more about Geelong College’s day and boarding programs at www.geelongcollege.vic.edu.au.

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