Flinders’ Primary School yesterday announced the student leaders for Semester Two and presented leadership badges during a virtual assembly staged in the Flinders Performance Centre.
The virtual assembly – live streamed to students in their classrooms – recognised Semester Two’s eight newly appointed Year 6 House Captains as well as the 28 Student Staff Council (SSC) Representatives across Years 3 to 6.
The assembly was also an opportunity to recognise and thank the Semester One House Captains and SSC Representatives who led their peers, despite the challenges of the remote learning period.
During the Primary years at Flinders, students are supported and challenged to learn new skills of emotional intelligence, build self-confidence and experience the satisfaction of being an enthusiastic, kind and inspiring leader.
At the assembly, Flinders’ Head of Senior Primary, Ingrid Clarke reminded students the journey towards leadership can begin at any time of life, whether in Primary School, Secondary School or as an adult.
Mrs Clarke referred to great leaders in history such as Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela.
“These leaders cared about the people in their communities and went to great lengths to improve life for all their citizens,” Mrs Clarke said.
“Great leaders are inspiring, and often take risks that lead to change for the better,” she said.
“Being a leader has its challenges and also moments of celebrating success. The true joy of leadership is helping others to succeed!”
Mrs Clarke congratulated Semester Two’s newly appointed House Captains and SSC Representatives beginning their journeys of leadership.
House Captains in Semester One were also thanked for leading with positivity while fulfilling roles such as to welcome students and staff at the front gate of a school morning, assist with the Junior Primary Athletics Challenge, and encourage students to celebrate the return of the Flinders Beast from hibernation after the remote learning period.
Due to the limited opportunities to lead in Semester One, the Semester One House Captains will continue to assist in Semester Two, joining the newly appointed House Captains in leadership roles.
The Semester One SSC Representatives were recognised for supporting and leading outreach initiatives such as the Bushfire Fundraiser in Term 1, writing letters to thank Flinders teachers during remote learning, and also making cards and letters for the residents of Hibiscus Retirement Resort during their time of isolation due to COVID restrictions.
Students who lead the SSC are guided by staff to be good role models, to show gratitude, care and service, and to listen to and consider the ideas of others.
The assembly closed with a performance by the Vivace Strings, an extension group for Flinders’ String students in Year 5 and 6 who rehearse weekly.
The group played ‘Yellow Bird’, a famous 1960’s song from Jamaica, featuring calypso rhythms.
Image caption (below): Head of Junior Primary, Mrs Chris Curtain and student leaders are joined by the Flinders Beast mascot who made a special appearance at the Primary School Student Leaders Virtual Assembly, July 2020