Posted on 07 February 2020
On Friday 7 February, staff and all students from Year 3 to Year 12 made their way across campus to gather in the Somerset Sports Centre for the very first whole school assembly for 2020, celebrating the Prefects’ Investiture and Presentation of the Year 6 Student Leaders.
With approximately 1,300 students in attendance, the whole school assembly brought the College community together, allowing all to reflect on the values of Commitment, Unity and Pride that are central to the leadership role.
Also in attendance were Special Guests, Ormiston College Chairman of the Board, John Miller, 2019 College Captains Alexandra Neate and Max Payne, and the parents of the student recipients.
After the National Anthem and the College Prayer, Headmaster, Brett Webster, addressed the assembly, outlining the leadership structures at the College and highlighting the many opportunities students have to engage their community. Mr Webster then invited the 13 Prefects to face the assembly and officially promoted them to the Office of Prefect. Mr Miller presented each of the recipients with their badges.
The assembly was also an occasion for the presentation of the Year 6 Student Leaders, who, like their Secondary School Prefect peers are charged with the leadership of Academic, Cultural, School Community, Social Justice and Sporting Committees. Badges were presented to the students by Mr Miller.
Following their official induction, College Captains Paul Bletchly and Lauren Sullivan took to the podium. Lauren spoke of the honour it is to be inducted as a College Prefect and their wish as captains is to inspire each and every one of their fellow students to demonstrate commitment in every aspect of college life: academic, cultural, school community, social justice and sporting. Quoting Dr Seuss, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it is a memory”, Lauren encouraged all in attendance to make each moment count. Paul too reflected on the importance of getting involved, of being yourself and doing what makes you, you. He encouraged his peers to think about their capacity to radically change the future by doing something small now, to make that small change your future self will thank you for. Both captains strongly encouraged their fellow students to be proud… “proud of yourself, to be proud of your peers and to be proud of your school”.
The College hosted a morning tea for the newly inducted Prefects and Student Leaders, and their families immediately after the assembly.
Events that bring together the entire school are always regarded as special sharing occasions and the Prefects’ Investiture and Presentation of the Year 6 Student Leaders, is certainly one such event.