Acting Head Leadership Blog

25 August 2022

Acting Head - Mrs Alison Mitchell

 

Providing students with leadership opportunities is a priority at Macquarie.

At Macquarie, leadership development is deliberate and students are encouraged and supported to lead. Importantly, we teach our students to lead by serving others, and to stay steadfast to their values and the values of the school. "Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith." (Hebrews 13:7)

Recently I had the great pleasure of sitting on the interview panel for Senior School student leadership positions. I was impressed with the calibre of our students who prepared themselves well for what was, in most cases, their very first formal interview.

The leadership selection process at Macquarie is rigorous and requires students to step out of their comfort zone and truly consider what they can bring to the table. Students were asked to submit a letter of application after which they were offered an interview time. To start the interview each candidate brought with them something to show the panel that was meaningful to them and helped to tell their individual story. Amongst other things, students were asked why they were proud to be a Macquarie student, what their most significant achievements to date have been, and what leadership means to them. While the student responses were varied, some common threads were that Macquarie students have good values, know how to conduct themselves in a formal setting and are passionate about making their school the best place it can be, for all.

From here selected students will be invited to speak at assembly, after which students from Years 6 to 12 and staff will vote for their preferred leaders. Final positions will be announced at the Year 12 Valedictory Chapel Service in the last week of school. I wish our applicants all the best during the selection process.

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