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Congratulations to the Xavier College Student Leaders for 2017, whose appointments were announced at the Rector's Assembly on October 6, 2016.
In total, 34 students from the Class of 2017 students were appointed as leaders in various positions around the school. These included our new School Captain and Vice-Captains:
School Captain: Petros Ketsakidis
Vice-Captain: Euan Jenkins
Vice-Captain: William Pitney
Adam Lewis, the Director of Senior Campus has previously spoken of the challenges and expectations of Leadership at Xavier and what this means to each student. The following is a transcript from his speech.
“What does leadership look like at Xavier? Is it represented by the honour boards that surround us, or by a particular pocket on a blazer? Today we will acknowledge those Year 11 students who have been given the privilege of inheriting formal leadership roles at the College next year. They have been elected to these positions because they are strong leaders, regardless of the blazer pocket or title that comes with the position. That is, a leadership that is authentic in nature.
Leadership is not about a badge or a tie or a title and I would hope that our newly appointed leaders today are fully aware of this reality and that the quality of their leadership will be judged by the manner in which they serve the community over the next year.
It is simpler to talk about leadership as a concept or a theory, but reflecting on it authentically at a personal level involves stripping yourself back to your core values or what you hold most dear. It requires honesty, introspection and making yourself vulnerable. This can be unsettling and even unnerving, especially when these values become conflicted or even compromised. But if you do not know what these values are, then you cannot lead. It is a non-negotiable of leadership and certainly leadership in our context. It requires deep and honest reflection and self-awareness - and all the unease and discomfort that goes with it.
Another significant challenge of leadership centres around this concept of relationship. A real challenge of leadership is to be truly present to others. To really listen, and to hear others.
This leads to what I believe is the single most important quality of good leaders, which is humility. You need to be humble. This is challenging because it involves surrendering the ‘me’ for ‘we’ and to be truly selfless – or to put yourself at the service of others.
As you have no doubt repeatedly heard in the past, in our context here we challenge you all to be leaders. Some of you might argue that this is simply not possible. However, surely this depends on how we understand leadership? I am clear that leadership in our context here at Xavier should be characterised by a strong sense of self or self-awareness, a desire to be selfless, a commitment to serve and an underlying courage. It means choosing courage over cowardice. It means pushing against the mob mentality and the cowardice of anonymity.
Therefore, based on this understanding it does not seem so unrealistic to expect you all to be leaders.”
We wish all of our newly appointed student leaders the best of luck for their new roles in 2017.