17 August 2017

Lots of congratulations are in order this week. First to our newly elected School Captain for 2018, Rebecca Lennon, and Vice Captain Jayda Watson. They were voted in by the people who know them best: their peers and their teachers. I know they understand their responsibility to lead first and foremost by their example as Tangara girls, by their personal quest for excellence, and their striving to be women of character.

I came across some interesting research about female leadership. Despite their cultural differences, the women leaders in this study highlighted the influence of their family, particularly their fathers, in empowering them to ask questions and form their own opinions.

“Every single one of them talked about finding their voices and their confidence at dinner-table conversations with their families. Their parents talked about politics, about what was happening in the community, and when the women had something to say, their parents didn’t hush them,” explained researcher Susan Madsen.

We wish Rebecca and Jayda all the very best as they find their own distinctive voices to lead us into 2018. They will officially assume their leadership roles in Term 4, after we farewell the Class of 2017.

Congratulations also to Tangara’s Athletics squad who excelled at the Hills Zone Athletics Carnival on Monday, achieving 3rd place in the girls’ division. Half of the team achieved a place at the AICES Athletics competition in a fortnight.

More congratulations to our Junior Futsal team who made it all the way to the Hills Zone Futsal Grand Final this week, where they were runners up.

Well done also to our Year 9 Archdale debating team who are through to the semi finals. They argued against the proposition that high school students should be forced to have a part time job. Best of luck next week to Amy Haryanto, Jasmine Aitken, Sarah Woodbury and Olivia Bosworth.

Finally, on the Netball court, we have 4 teams through to the preliminary finals this week: 15D2, 17C1, Open C1 and 21C2. Good luck to all!

Dr Katrina George