Meet tomorrow's leaders
KEVIN RUDD take heart – you might be getting clobbered by the Opposition over the failed insulation scheme but tomorrow’s leaders are on your side.
Broadwater Public School’s new captain, Sally Cattle, who was inducted yesterday, nominates Mr Rudd as an example of a good leader.
His problems with the insulation scheme have not changed her mind.
“I think it was great that he was prepared to try something new,” the 11-year-old said.
Sally was elected captain by popular vote at the school, while Kelly Wilson was elected vice captain.
State schools across the North Coast elect captains as part of a leadership program designed by the NSW Education Department.
The two girls agree their job as leaders is to serve the other 33 students at the school.
“We’re going to help the other kids do the right thing and help them to be nice to each other,” Sally said.
“We want to help sort out their problems if they are having disagreements.”
Kelly believes in leading by example.
“You have to be a good role model, because if you’re bad the other kids might turn bad,” she said.
School principal Steve Curtin said Broadwater was a school built on students who were great role models.
“I couldn’t be happier with the election of Sally and Kelly,” he said.
In a speech to the school, Mr Curtin said he thought good leaders needed three key attributes.
“They have to be someone you can trust, someone you can go to if you need help and someone who puts a lot of thought into their decisions,” Mr Curtin said.
NSW Education Department education director for the Wilson region, John Lynch, said the school leadership program advocated key values the department wanted to instil in students.
“It promotes volunteering, peer support and service to the community,” he said.
Mr Lynch said the department believes in students voting for captains and student representative councils because it gives students a voice in school decision making.
It also encourages a sense of belonging to the school community.
So, what are Sally and Kelly’s plans for the year?
“We want to hold fundraisers to help people living with illnesses like cancer,” Sally said.