Former Sacred Heart Central School students Josh Deep and Harry Tiernan are continuing a proud tradition of Cootamundra kids leading at Hennessy Catholic College, when they move on to complete their senior years of study.
Both in year 12, Josh has been elected school captain for the upcoming year and Harry a member of the school’s leadership team.
Josh and Harry both held student representative positions at Sacred Heart with Josh a former school captain and Harry a prefect.
Josh said this experience will hold him in good stead leading a new school.
“Previously being on the leadership team at Sacred Heart allowed me to mature and develop leadership skills, therefore enabling me to gain a position on the Hennessy leadership team,” Josh said.
Meanwhile, Harry is thrilled at his appointment.
“Being elected on the team whilst only being at Hennessy for a short time is both a privilege and an opportunity,” Harry said.
“Being part of the leadership team enables me to help make a difference during my final year of schooling at Hennessy.”
The process of becoming a school leader is driven by the student body at Hennessy.
During the middle of term three each year, students in year 11 can put themselves forward as candidates for the leadership team.
They present themselves to a whole college assembly outlining why they want to be a member of the student leadership team, what they will do to support the college and what they will do to support the student body.
A secret ballot is then completed by students and staff with those students who receive the most votes earning themselves a place.
The student leadership team is made up of six males and six females out of a cohort of some 80 students.
Those elected them embark on a three day leadership retreat, where members of the student leadership team can self nominate for boy or girl captain.
The leadership team will then vote (in secret) for the student they believe has the qualities to lead them.
Results go to the executive for their ratification.
Congratulations Josh and Harry and if any other Cootamundra students have achieved leadership roles at schools around the state, please be in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.