Message From the Principal
Welcome back! It’s hard to believe that we’re already half way through the year!
This term we begin our process of selecting our Senior School 2021 student leadership team. When speaking in assembly, I asked “What makes a good leader?” Whether you are a prime minister or a prefect, there are qualities our leaders need if our community is going to flourish. Here are two.
When I look at some of our political leaders, I can feel ashamed. They seem to act out of self-interest, they undermine each other rather than working together for the long-term good. I am not alone in this – research shows that trust in political leaders is at an all-time low. Why? Far too frequently, what they say about what counts, doesn’t match the way they act. That’s jarring – it doesn’t make sense and we become cynical.
They lack integrity. CS Lewis’ definition is that Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. That means being the same kind and generous person wherever they are, whoever they are with. This is what seems to be missing in some of our political leaders.
Secondly, being a leader of integrity requires a heart that puts others first. Jesus said to his trainee leaders “whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20: 25-28).
We may not need to give our life, rather it’s an ongoing attitude that lets go of personal desires to serve others – servant leadership.
When I look at our current Year 12 leaders, I see leaders who have given their best in a difficult time. They have not had the same opportunities as previous years, but being a leader is about more than standing up in front of a crowd. It’s about the attitude and the everyday little things that make a difference. I want to thank them for their ongoing contribution to the College, and look forward to seeing the growth of our leaders-to-be.