Rebecca Lennon, Tangara's 2018 school captain, shares insights from the Mitchell Youth Leadership forum as well as the Leadership Team's priorities for 2018:

Over 200 years ago, during the American Civil War, a man was riding past a small group of weary soldiers. They were digging an important defensive position, while the leader of their group sat on the side, shouted orders and threatened to punish the group if the work wasn’t completed in time. The stranger asked why he wasn't helping, and he replied that HE was the one in charge and the men had to do what he told them. The stranger then got of his horse and proceeded to help the men until the job was finished. As the stranger was leaving, he approached the cruel leader saying, “You should notify top command next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men – and I will provide a more permanent solution,” The leader recognised him up close and was humbled to realise that it was General George Washington, the man who would become the first president of the United States.

True leadership is not about using your position of authority to control those around you and lighten the load on yourself. The core purpose of leadership lies in service, starting with the people around you. We can see this idea reflected in the chosen motto of the class of 2018, ad serviendum nec regendum ducite, ‘Lead in order to serve, not in order to rule’. Tangara Class of 2018 is excited, enthusiastic and honoured to be able to be role models and leaders in the school community in the coming months, and we have been discussing various ways that we can promote school unity and spirit, like the Wacky Olympics and the Inter House sports competitions and even just helping out the younger years, especially with the upcoming yearly examinations.

But more than this, we will strive to be humble, generous and dedicated students, conducting our leadership roles in the spirit of service and love and encouraging others to do the same.

As the leaders of 2018, we’re not here to just say meaningless words and empty promises. We are here with the desire to better the Tangara community, those around us and ourselves. Whether, our endeavours in the next 12 months are successful or not, I hope we honestly will be able to say that we worked as a team, were always there to support each other and worked diligently through the good times and bad. This is not exclusive to the Class of 2018, it involves the whole Tangara community. It is only through collaborating and communicating with everyone involved in this School that we will be able to make the school a better place for all. I know we have a great team of Teachers, Tutors, Administrative Staff, Parents, Chaplains and students here at Tangara who are dedicated to this school. We can’t wait to work alongside you all.

By Rebecca Lennon

School Captain 2018