This issue’s From the Principal is written by Adam Kenny, Head of Boys’ Junior School and Director of Students
Amongst the many engaging and varied end of year opportunities continuing at Tintern Grammar, our Junior, Middle and Senior College students have been introduced to the leadership process for those wanting to apply for formal leadership positions in 2023. Middle School and Senior College appointments have been announced, with Junior School to follow in the coming fortnight. We congratulate and thank not just those who have been appointed to positions, but to all who took the time and made the effort to apply.
Our 2023 Year 12 Student leadership Team have already initiated and organised for our whole Community to support The Salvation Army’s Food Drive, and we encourage our families and friends to support this most important event.
Tennis and Human Rights great Arthur Ashe stated that;
‘Success is a journey, not a destination; the doing is often more important than the outcome.’
We strongly encourage our students to find the time to self-reflect, and then to seriously consider applying for positions, even if they initially feel that they might not ultimately receive a formal position of responsibility. Self-reflection is a wonderful tool, helping to build emotional self-awareness. By taking the time to ask questions of one’s self, a person can gain a better understanding of emotions, strengths, challenges and driving factors, leading to long term self-improvement and success.
It is true that ‘IF YOU DO NOT STEP FORWARD YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN THE SAME PLACE….’
One of the four ‘learner focused intentions’ in the Tintern Grammar ‘Forward Strategy Towards 2030’ is The Journey ‘We craft learning and growth experiences that reflect a broader and deeper definition of success based on confidence, a strong sense of identity, agency and capacity to contribute to a better world.’
All of our Tintern Grammar students have many opportunities to display leadership throughout each school year, and the ‘..capacity to contribute…’ regardless of formal roles.
Whether this be the Year 9s leading and working with their peers in House Showdown, Year 12s being a part of the voluntary and highly successful Big Brother Big Sister mentoring program with our Year 7s, participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, being a part of our Green Team, Social Justice Group, Music, Farm, Outdoor Education or sports programs where our older students work with our younger ones, older girls and boys being buddies to our Preps, participating in Wheelchairs for Kids, supporting Community events such as The Big Freeze, The Salvation Army’s Food Appeal or the Pinchapoo project..….the formal and natural opportunities to display leadership skills and ‘contribute’ are many and varied.
Similarly, our Principal Mr Fry consistently seeks input and feedback from our Leadership teams on matters that affect our student body, ranging from uniform through to Assemblies, giving them a practical and real sense of agency and voice.
Mr Fry often refers to the statement made by Chief of the Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison in 2013:
‘Every one of us is responsible for the culture and reputation of the environment in which we work…. The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept.’
The most effective way for all students to show leadership and ‘contribute to a better world’, is through everyday modelling and action.
Factis Non Verbis.
Adam Kenny | Head of Boys’ Junior School and Director of Students