25 Feb 2015
Last Thursday, parents, special guests, staff and Ruyton girls from Years 7, 9 and 11 joined together with the Year 12 girls to celebrate the induction of our new leadership group. It was a moving ceremony which included the presentation of leadership badges to all Year 12 girls by Ms Douglas and Year 12 Level Co-ordinator, Mr Zavattiero. Sophie K gave an extraordinary piano performance (Etude Opus 39 No 2 by Rachmaninoff) and we were thrilled to hear the beautiful voice of Music Captain Jennifer T as she sang Stand By Me.
2014 Co-Captains Shalini Ponnampalam and Lauren Sibree presented the Leadership symbol to incoming Co-Captains, Tiffany A and Sophie K. With the benefit of experience Lauren and Shalini were able to reflect on the past year with some wise words directed to the Class of 2015 about ensuring that they have a year of no regrets. Tiffany and Sophie responded with gratitude and addressed the audience of parents, teachers and fellow students about the significance of their year level’s chosen words Effervescence and Ambition and their selection of the colour ice blue. Miss Shackell, having taught many of the girls over their years in Senior School, was invited to deliver the Staff Reflection. Her choice of Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson was most appropriate and greatly appreciated by the girls. Many thanks to the girls who shared their reflections on leadership and to the Henty Orchestra for their amazing performances.
I have included below one of the readings which was written and delivered by Laura A at the Leadership Induction Ceremony.
‘For me, great leadership starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude and the desire to motivate and be inspired by others. This is, however, by no means where leadership ends. It takes a great deal to be a leader who values compassion, sincerity and has a determination to bring out the best in every individual. I believe great leadership is defined by actions and the way in which leaders are able to touch those around them. Heinrich Heine once said ‘the actions of men are like the index of a book; they point out what is most remarkable in them.’ I believe this to be true. Although words have the ability to motivate and inspire, ultimately it is our actions that demonstrate who we really are to ourselves and to those around us.’
Mrs Glenis Gumley, Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School
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