Matters Editorial Brian Loughland 17 May 2024



“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”  — Vince Lombardi

This week we are conducting leadership interviews for the College Captain and Vice-Captain positions for 2025. The effort and hard work of all those students who are applying for these important roles has been evident to all the interviewers.

The Leadership Program at Brigidine begins in Year 7 and continues over the students’ time at the College, with many opportunities for students to experience leadership roles and grow in confidence. Opportunities can be a Year Leader selected from their Mentor Group, a Cocurricular leadership role, and a Peer Support Leader in Year 10. Students can join a range of clubs and groups which helps develop their leadership skills and potential. It was evident in the leadership applications that students had clearly been involved during their years at the College, even with the Covid restrictions experienced in Year 7 and Year 8.

This year’s group of candidates affirm a common cultural ‘mantra’ at our College; those students who ‘get involved, be their best self, push themselves out of their own comfort zone and give back to the wider community’, can get the best out of their education at Brigidine. They are our future leaders who live out our vision and mission as:

students who value learning, seeking wisdom, acting with integrity and honouring their spiritual heritage…acting as global citizens with courage, confidence and compassion for others.

Many students spoke at the interviews about a particular success they have enjoyed and how it has shaped their aspirations for future leadership. In every case it involved hard work, sacrifice, balancing commitments and being resilient in the face of challenges.

The applicants are proud of their school and have committed themselves to be involved in College life throughout their time at Brigidine. They have actively taken part in school camps and retreats, completed their Community Involvement Program, worked diligently at their studies and found their passion in the Cocurricular Program. There are many fine examples of exemplary Brigidine students who are willing and determined to ‘give back’ to the College community as leaders, bringing their own gifts and talents to this opportunity. This is an impressive cohort of leaders, and we look forward to working with them over the next 12 months to build even stronger connections between students, and explore new ways of what it means to be Brigidine.

Our hope is that our Leadership Program and our Brigidine approach to holistic learning, continues to be the cornerstone empowering and enabling students to reach their potential, now and in the future.

Brian Loughland
Deputy Principal Faith and Mission


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