As the leadership team for 2022, we chose perspective as our theme for the year. This theme explores the idea of having new and different ways of viewing the world around us, as well as being able to see the ‘bigger picture.’ We have found that it helps us simultaneously think about life in a broader sense and therefore, enables us to approach situations with the best course of action.
Perspective was chosen to be a part of the College this year because it is a broad topic that impacts and involves all year groups, staff, and other communities within the school. Coming into the year, we felt that perspective is an overlooked value. We can talk about it in the simplest form and dive into some deeper discussion. By challenging people to explore outside of their own personal perspectives, we create a culture of empathy, one in which we understand our lives have a profound impact on the world and people around us. We can choose to see that as a scary thing, or we can choose to see it as a gift and an opportunity for positive change in the world. So, our challenge this year is to not be complacent in our own understanding, to learn from others and seek beyond what we know in order to grow as individuals and as a community.
As Term 1 2022 commenced, the Student Leaders managed to organise the following events: MBC’s own ‘RUOK? Day’, this was an interactive day with free dress, bake sales and sausage sizzles. As a part of the day, the Year 12 leaders painted a tree blue on the south side of the oval. This action is a response of support towards people struggling and dealing with mental health and an encouragement for people to speak up when battling mental health concerns.
‘Easter Fest’ was an enjoyable day that included chocolate eggs being handed out by the Easter bunny as well as easter egg hunts in year groups. Our Easter assembly was our anchor event for this term, even though it was digital. Our creative minds led us to displaying the life, betrayal, and death of Jesus in a rustic shadow puppet form. Even with the restrictions placed for Term 1 we were able to successfully run several events and we have so much more planned for the rest of the year.
Perspective is a very important value that everyone should have no matter their age. It means we are not complacent with the world around us and learn from others. Perspective is important to challenge our own beliefs and to ultimately help us grow as people. There are many important aspects of perspective for everyone to consider including seeing opportunities as a gift and a positive challenge, not a threat or something to fear, as well as, understanding that we are all part of something ‘bigger than ourselves’ in the school and in the world in general.
As a leadership team we want to be spiritual leaders. School is about the people, so we really want to involve all year groups. We want to make events part of the school culture and implement strategies future leaders will want to utilise. We value the input of peers, and we strive to create an environment that motivates and inspires people. We want to cultivate relationships with year groups and keep them engaged. Most importantly we want to encourage students to go through high school with the right perspective.
2 Corinthians 4:18 sums it up nicely; “As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Year 12 Leadership Team 2022