From the Principal

This week we have a special guest introduction from Adam Kenny, Head of Boys’ Junior School and Boys’ Education, and Director of Students.

As we head towards the halfway point of Term 3, amongst all of the other engaging and varied opportunities continuing at Tintern Grammar, our Year 11 students have been introduced to the leadership process for those wanting to apply for formal leadership positions in 2020. I recently presented to the 11s in their ‘introductory’ Leadership session. We discussed the anniversary of the 2018 Thai cave Rescue, and specifically, the role of Dr Richard Harris, later to be Australian of the Year with fellow rescuer Dr Craig Challen. Having played an integral part in the rescue of ‘The Wild Boars’, in such a significant and yet humble manner, Dr Harris later reflected “Life is so filled with opportunities and at some time, your moment’s going to come.” This was one of the messages we presented to the Year 11s… along with “IF YOU DO NOT STEP FORWARD YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN THE SAME PLACE…”

We also spoke of tennis and Human Rights GREAT Arthur Ashe, who stated that “Success is a journey, not a destination; the doing is often more important than the outcome.” We strongly encourage students in Year 11 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.

Our Year 11s also spent a session listening to, and questioning, representatives from our current Year 12 Leadership team, and next week will hear from Tintern Principal Brad Fry regarding the standards and expectations of Tintern leaders. Students can then apply and will be immersed in a process that includes voting from their peers and staff, and formal leadership interviews. The leadership process for formal positions is mirrored for our Middle and Junior School students.

All of our Tintern Grammar students have many opportunities to display leadership throughout each school year, 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 program, being a part of 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. The formal and natural opportunities to display leadership skills are many and varied. 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 is through everyday modelling and action.

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