Emerging Leaders and Academic Success

From the Senior Years

Year 11

Emerging leaders: Prefect nominations and interviews

On Monday 7 August, Year 11 emerging leaders spoke to the whole school community to put forward their candidacy for Prefect positions in 2024. Numerous staff commented on the maturity, courage, compassion and composure of the candidates.

Indeed, the calibre and depth of the applicants is impressive and testament to the connection between students in the year level and all aspects of school life. In my reflection back to students at the assembly, I commented that they have all succeeded as leaders and, whether appointed or not, they can all continue to lead in informal ways throughout next year regardless of their formal title.

The process to become a Prefect is significant. It involves a written application, interview, two leadership training sessions, a speech to the whole school and, finally, the voting process from peers and staff.

I commend all students who put themselves forward and completed this process. It will no doubt hold them in good stead for any future applications and reflects ‘real world’ experiences of the application process in the future job market.

GCSA Senior volleyball: Celebrating team success

On Thursday 2 August, the Senior A (Year 12) and Senior B (Year 11) volleyball teams represented the College at the GCSA inter-school volleyball competition at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). The girls competed strongly in all games, with strong team spirit, togetherness and joy.

The Senior A team were victorious against two schools and had a narrow loss to CLC – Principal Farah’s former school against whom the girls were keen to have bragging rights. The girls made the semi-finals and lost to eventual champions Marian College.

The Senior B team played well in all games and showed determination against some strong opposition, finishing 5th in the competition on the day.

The team were gracious in defeat to Marian and were thankful to Mr Madden for hosting the event on behalf of St Aloysius College. Special mention to Charlotte Nelson and Linda Mosticone for their support and assistance, and to Mr Madden for his work coordinating aspects of the event on the day.

For the Year 12 girls, there was an awareness of the ‘markers of time’ as this was their ‘last ever’ volleyball competition. I encourage all Year 12 students to fully embrace all the opportunities available to them in co-curricular and academic pursuits as the end of the year approaches.

National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence

Today, Friday 18 August is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). The theme for 2023 is ‘Growing Connections’. Every member of the St Aloysius community has a role to play in preventing bullying and violence. This National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is such an important day for all of us to stop and think about how we can work together to put a stop to bullying.

Incorporating the Mercy Values of Respect, Justice and Courage, students worked together today as a community to make a paper chain to symbolise the growing connections and importance of friendship and support to help prevent bullying. Each piece of paper contained a handwritten message of support for those who may be experiencing bullying.