Our Head Boy and Head Girl serve as role models to the broader student community and act as their voice; sharing students’ ideas with the school’s leadership team. They are usually responsible for representing our school at board meetings, official events, student council meetings as well as many other occasions throughout the year. We have interviewed our Head Girl, Bethany Smith, and our Head Boy, James Strutt, to give you the opportunity to get to know them a little better.
We have interviewed our Head Girl, Bethany Smith, and our Head Boy, James Strutt, to give you the opportunity to get to know them a little better.
Could you tell us about why you wanted to become Head Boy and Head Girl?
B: I have always been interested in leadership, and I have had many roles within the community and the school as a leader. I knew that being a Head Girl would be another great way to serve the school and the community, so I ran for the position.
J: I went for the role of Head Boy because I have always been passionate about trying to bring out the best in people through leadership and I knew that becoming Head Boy would help me do that.
Is the role what you had expected?
B: As I have been on the leadership team in previous years, I did have an idea of what to expect. However, there are more meetings than I had anticipated – not that this is a bad thing!
J: I expected it to be more work, but due to the team we have to work with this year, it has made it so much easier to achieve the goals that Beth and I had set at the start of the year.
What are you enjoying the most about the position so far?
B: I am so grateful for this opportunity because it has given me a better insight into the people behind the scenes – especially Mr Hunt. I am also enjoying interacting with the different year groups and seeing what ideas younger Churchlands SHS students have.
J: Being a bigger part of the community has been a great part of the role this role for me.
What do you want to be remembered for in the school?
B: I would like to be remembered for making a change that will be followed through in the coming years.
J: I want to be remembered for setting up a strong student community through the various programs we have been starting this year.
When you think of yourself as a leader, what qualities define you?
B: I feel that I am approachable and I am always willing to hear other people's opinions and ideas. I think it is important for all leaders to remember that they are representatives, not dictators.
J: I think that I am best known for my friendly and approachable character. I try to be as inclusive as possible and to get to know as many people as I can.
What advice would you give to the future Head Boy and Girl?
B: Make sure that you are using your time efficiently, have a balanced life, and always ask for help when you need it. As Head Girl and Head Boy, we have a large support group; so use it.
J: I would say that the most important thing is to communicate. If everyone is on the same page then the work becomes so much easier.
What do you want to study when you graduate?
B: I want to study Law, but I am also interested in Politics.
J: Arts and Design.
What are your favourite subjects?
B: Politics & Law and Automotive.
J: Drama and Music.
What is a famous personality that inspires you?
B: Joan of Arc (a peasant girl living in medieval France. She believed that God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England.)
J: Sir David Frederick Attenborough (an English broadcaster and natural historian).
What are your hobbies?
B: Martial Arts (Tae Kwon Do) and Automotive
Is there anyone that you are particularly grateful to, for helping you through this Year 12 experience?
B: I am so grateful to the Head Boy, James. We are good at dividing the workload, he is always there for me, and I try to do the same for him. I am also grateful for the support of Mr Chapman, Mr Galvin, Ms Lebihan, and all the other teacher supporters. I am also grateful for the leadership teams – the Student Councils and the Year 12 Leaders.
J: I am grateful to the Head Girl, Beth, and my mum!
Thank you to these two wonderful and talented young students, Bethany and James, for sharing a little more about themselves. You are an inspiration to all of our students!