2023 Student Leadership Team
This Friday in the final Assembly for the term, the 2023 Prefect and House Officers will be announced. These young women will become part of the long tradition of women who have served the Meriden community, contributing to the life of the School and upholding its traditions.
Some girls will no doubt be disappointed they did not receive a formal leadership position. Many girls courageously put their names forward and applied for a leadership position, and we are heartened by their willingness to serve the Meriden community. It will be important for us as parents and staff to acknowledge this disappointment and allow space for the girls to process it and help them to consider other ways in which they can exercise everyday leadership and live a life of service.
There are a number of ways that girls who are not appointed to a leadership position can continue to exercise leadership in the school community: as Student Christian Group Leaders, roles in productions or music ensembles, captains of sporting teams, Subject Captains, cocurricular captains, formal committees, through Duke of Edinburgh or just through the way that they interact with staff and students in the day-to-day life of the School.
Our prayer for the incoming student leadership team is that they will follow in the example of Jesus and consider themselves as servants of others, putting their own desires or ideas about power aside for the sake of caring for those around them.
Student Leadership Retreat
Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Students who are elected as Prefects and House Officers for 2023 will be invited to attend a leadership training retreat during the school holidays where they will spend time considering how they will serve in their roles and make plans for 2023.
Year 9 Service Session
Last Friday, Year 9 students were involved in their second service session. It was encouraging to see the girls wholeheartedly stepping into their respective activities and caring for the community. Many girls who attended Thread Together were shocked at the fashion excesses challenging our environment. We also had members of the public call the School to say they were encouraged to see the girls involved in planting gardens at local churches and cleaning up local parks. It has been a joy to hear girls and staff reflect on their projects this week.
If your daughter is in Year 9, can I encourage you to ask her about her project and what she has been taking away from these experiences? We hope to partner together and encourage the girls to think about how they can use their gifts and abilities to serve others.