Within the last fortnight the College has had an Open Morning for prospective students and their families and a visit from the National Advisory Board for Adventist Schools Australia. In both cases our student leaders, College Captains and Year 11 tour guides, have welcomed our guests and conducted personal tours. As our guests have returned from their tours they have invariably described our senior students as engaging, courteous, and knowledgeable – all excellent leadership qualities.
The Bible calls us to be responsible and caring leaders, and Moses is possibly the greatest example of leadership found in the Bible. God gave
Moses the following advice in the book of Exodus, chapter 18, verse 21: “…look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe…” Those possessing these qualities will be leaders for God’s people.
Prescott College has formalised our existing leadership development program, which begins at Year 9 and progresses systematically through to Year 12. In the coming week, Prescott College will begin the process of electing College Captains and Student Leaders for 2017. These students represent both peers and staff in the many and varied sporting, cultural, spiritual, academic and marketing events, we participate in throughout the year. The Student Leadership nomination process allows students and teachers to identify potential candidates from the current Year 11 cohort. Self-nomination is also possible. Once the nominations close, the election process involves interviews with the College Administration and culminates in a school wide voting event. Student Leadership election processes will be presented to the whole school this coming Tuesday morning, in Assembly, and in more detail, with the Year 11 class later in the week.
Prescott College continues to develop students, allowing each of them to become outstanding leaders. We do so because Christian leadership is a great need in our world, as
Ellen G White says:
“The greatest want of the world is the want of men and women who will not be bought or sold; men and women who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men and women who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men and women whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men and women who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.”
I would like to encourage all students to think carefully and remain prayerful in their decision-making process regarding student leadership.
Mr Peter Charleson (Principal and Science Teacher)
18 August, 2016