Developing leaders for life

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DOMINIC College has a strong focus on student leadership development, with the badge of leadership at Dominic being a badge of service and commitment to others in the Salesian tradition.

At the college, leadership positions are held by students from years four to 10, who take part in specific leadership formation sessions that provide them with skills and prepare them for the responsibilities that lie ahead.

Elected captains learn what it means to be a good leader, seeing the strengths and potential in others, being a good role model, building and working as a team, and working hard for others within and outside of the college community.

“My own belief is that to be an authentic servant leader is one of the most challenging commitments a leader can undertake,” Dominic principal Beth Gilligan said.

“To serve with humility, compassion, and forgiveness, along with a sincere love for all who enter our lives is even more challenging.”

The 2021 year 10 college Captains Rachael Gidden and Justin Goodrick, and Vice Captains Solomon Kidane and Zoelle Lin have certainly started the year with lots of great ideas and several successful initiatives.

This dynamic team of leaders has made great progress, starting with leading the college’s 2021 Relay For Life team of 200 staff and students, which raised almost $50,000 for the Cancer Council.

Through initiatives including pizza fundraisers, games days, raffles, and free dress days, the team raised the highest amount in Tasmania for this important cause.

As well as their work in fundraising, the leaders plan to expand on their leadership theme of EnvironMENTAL Health.

This will incorporate tackling two important community issues, care of the environment and care for others.

“Our amazing Relay for Life fundraising demonstrated that Dominic is a community bigger than itself, but I believe we can go even bigger, whether that is by extending our fundraising in both local and global fields, or by setting a local standard for environmental care,” college Captain Justin Goodrick said.

“As a leadership team and with the community, we can accomplish this in new and innovative ways, together.”

St John Bosco, the founder of the Salesian tradition practiced at Dominic College, placed a great emphasis on the leadership of older students as role models to younger students.

He believed that young people especially had a huge capacity to positively influence those younger than them.

“Leadership is about making choices in the best interest of others – for the good of others,” Ms Gilligan said.

“It is a skill that will help students to achieve success and overcome challenges throughout their lives.”

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