They say you can't put old heads on young shoulders ... but anyone meeting the next generation of school leaders in Forbes might question the old phrase.
Molly Beasley and Jake Ticehurst have been named 2022 captains of Red Bend Catholic College, and the two are looking forward to the opportunity to serve their community and leave a legacy in their senior year.
The Marist model is one of servant leadership, and that's at the heart of the role for the pair as they look to next year.
The College community is also served by house captains, liturgy captains, junior and senior Student Representative Councils and a Boarding Representative Council; Molly and Jake will work particularly with the other Year 12 leaders to be the best possible representatives for their fellow students.
Both our 2022 captains are from out of town: Molly travels on the bus from Grenfell each day and Jake is a weekly boarder from Condobolin.
Molly's passion is dance: she runs Grenfell's Groovy Moves dance school with her sister, with 60 students, and dances with Kristen's School of Dance in Forbes.
She says running Groovy Moves has given her solid grounding in leadership and responsibility. She also served as president of the SRC last year.
"Being able to voice what the students want, and being a representative of the school as best I can for all students," is her goal as a leader.
Jake, from Condobolin, has been a weekly boarder at the College since Year 7 and brings his insights as a boarder to the leadership.
A keen sportsman, he learned a lot about leadership from senior students in his previous role on the SRC.
They hope their captaincy will be defined by consistency, as they seek to live out the Marist theme for the year, "breathe the Spirit of life".
"We have a strong family spirit, and (we live it out) by being present with each other and connecting, in the little things in every day school life," Molly said.
They say their co-hort has learned over the past two years, through COVID and other challenges, to be adaptable and accepting.
"I feel like everyone is a bit more resilient, whatever comes we just have to deal with it, find a way to get our work done and our assessments done," Molly said.
"It probably has made our year group more accepting," she added, there's an increased awareness that situations whether those be COVID-related or flooding, impact every family differently.
"I think we have learned to make the best of what we have got - whatever comes our way, we just find a way to get it done," Jake said.
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