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24 September 2020

2021 Student Leaders announced

I am delighted to announce the Prefects, YCS Captains and House Captains for 2021….

I am delighted to announce the Prefects, YCS Captains and House Captains for 2021. Thirty Year Eleven students generously applied to serve our school community as a Prefect, YCS Captain or House Captain in 2021. Seventeen students were shortlisted for interview for the role of Prefect and YCS Captains. House Captains were voted by students in the House and endorsed by the respective House Heads.

I was very impressed with the quality of applications and the mature manner in which students conducted themselves in the interviews held on Monday before a panel consisting of myself, Mr David Ruggiero (Deputy Principal Secondary), Mr Matthew Crisanti (APRIM) and Mr Brett Knowles (Assistant Deputy Principal: Wellbeing). The decision of appointing students to leadership positions was at times very difficult given the high calibre of our students, their sincere willingness to serve our school community and their positive vision for student leadership at Blackfriars. I thank the panel members for their considered and astute contributions in the decision process of appointing these prestigious student positions.

I sincerely thank the thirty students who applied for specific roles for 2021 and understand the disappointment of those who were not successful. The Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefect will be announced at the beginning of 2021.

Our essential purpose as a Catholic School is to educate the whole person and to work together to make a positive difference in our world. We believe the student leaders chosen for 2021 embody our school Mission and will build on the path of justice, compassion, humility and perseverance laid out by their predecessors.

Along with this announcement, I take the opportunity to remind unsuccessful applicants that all Year 12 students are called to exercise leadership throughout their final year by being a positive role model for each other and for younger students. Our younger students look to our most senior students for leadership in their diligent approach to study, in the positive relationships they foster with students and staff in their House, home group and in a wide range of co-curricular activities. Some leaders have no title and wear no badge, but are sometimes our greatest achievers, remembered most for their contributions to community and how they made others feel.

Simon Cobiac