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New initiative sees leadership open to all year levels

It’s an initiative that aims to foster leadership skills in students from all levels of the school and reflects the underlying belief that leadership is not about age.

ACG Senior College Principal Tracey Dykstra said the change was inspired by this year’s motivated and driven Year 11 cohort.

“We could see that they have huge potential and we felt, why wait until they’re Year 13? If they’re going to be incredible leaders of our school, they should have a go now. We’ve never seen more applications for leadership positions, which says a lot about their personalities and putting themselves forward.”

Alison Thornton, Year 12, and Dom Estall, Year 11, have been selected as co head leaders, with the full student leadership team reflecting the diversity of the school. 

Ms Dykstra said encouraging students to step up, get involved and put forward new initiatives was part of the philosophy of Senior College.

“We believe that if you give teenagers that responsibility, they will step up into it and behave like young adults. That’s what they want, that’s what they’re looking for. We want to give everyone as many opportunities as we can.”