We are incredibly honoured and pleased to have been named College Co-Captains for the 2021 school year. It is indeed humbling to be able to represent the student body and take on various responsibilities within the school. To do so for such a school that has consistently supported our academic aspirations and fostered our personal growth, is all the more gratifying.
For a long time, we have been inspired by the way The Geelong College, especially student and staff leaders, have sought to bring about positive change within the school and the broader community. We are both passionate about ensuring that the notions of respect, inclusivity, and belonging are prevalent within the schoolyard. Whether it be through a kind hello or a simple shared smile, this sense of comradery and kindness is something that our school prides ourselves on, and something we intend to extend to all the students at school.
This year we also hope to set an example by exercising compassion, maturity, and a willingness to engage the student body in their academics and community service. As has been done in years prior, we also wish to participate in strengthening the networks and relationships The Geelong College has beyond our campuses.
Our prefect group of 16 eager and willing students will also play a vital role in applying these standards. A range of leadership styles and strong values intertwining will ensure that, as a leadership team, we have an everlasting impact on the College. By having students from all aspects of the school – whether they’re science or maths-driven, musically-orientated, literature-based, sport-enthused or have an artistic flare, ideas for all areas of the school will be innovated and promoted to create subtle, positive change to our College.
We both began our time at the College in Year 7 in 2016 and are fortunate that ever since entering the school’s interdisciplinary and liberal education we have been given countless opportunities to explore and improve upon our interests and diverse extra-curriculums. We each have found immense value in the diversity of subjects available, as well as the College’s dedication to sport, the arts, and alternative activities. These opportunities lay the groundwork upon which Geelong College students can “reach for the stars” in their own areas of interest. In our own experience rising through the years here at College, we have come to appreciate the importance of motivation, cooperation, personability, and initiative in guiding our actions as leaders, Year 12s, and particularly as adults-to-be. We see our position as leaders as a responsibility to uphold and promote the intrinsic values of respect, inclusivity, and dedication, and as a means to help other students to succeed in their academic and interpersonal development.
Returning to school after a year spent very much in uncertainty, it felt vital to establish certain goals, none more important than being transparent representatives of the students and advocates for their wellbeing and engagement in all our school has to offer. Alongside our prefect team, our role as captains will be to voice the interests and ideas of the students, whose willingness to “be of courage” through their involvement with the school will prove instrumental to a successful year on campus again. We approach 2021 with an air of optimism as we look toward organising the events and initiatives that have long defined our school. We revel in the chance to make the most of our last year at high school and look to the students and other Year 12s as inspiration to do so. Finally, we wish everyone all the best this year and hope you don’t hesitate to come to us with whatever you see important to your satisfaction and learning during 2021 at The Geelong College.
Maggie Gilby and James Afford - 2021 College Co-Captains