The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, has addressed the first ever graduates of Trinity Grammar School’s pioneering Certificate II Leadership Through Cadets Course at the inaugural graduation ceremony held on Tuesday evening, 19 September 2017.
By Ashwin Sivapirabu, Year 6, Preparatory School Vice Captain
Being a School Officer at Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School requires you to be a good role model and demonstrate initiative around the School.
What makes a good leader?
A leader is a person with great communication, teamwork and motivation skills. They are trustworthy and honest, respected, responsible and committed. They are also positive and creative, with an exceptional ability to delegate, problem solve and offer timely and constructive feedback.
The thought of public speaking can scare even the most confident person. Captivating an audience is a skill that takes many hours of practise, as does the ability to speak confidently and calmly to small or large groups of people.
People are not born with these skills – they must be learned and practised. School students learn these skills through debating and in discussion with their teachers. This develops children’s oracy – skills in using spoken language.
What it means to be a school leader is a great ride of thrills and duties.
Our duties started after we went to the National Young Leaders Day. We had five speakers and two hosts there on the day. It was great fun and we were all inspired to help others and keep our duties up.
As a School Officer, my duties include: infant playground (recess and lunch), primary assembly, Leaders’ Corner and Morning Prayer.
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