Melbourne western suburbs 2020 school captains share hopes, dreams for future - featured in the Wyndham Leader 20th March

They’re often thought of as selfie-taking showoffs — but our next crop of leaders are anything but. We asked every Year 12 school captain what difference they can make to the world. Here’s what those from Melbourne’s west have to offer.

Change is inevitable — but what kind of world do our next generation of young leaders want to live in, and how will they play a role in making it happen?

In our second annual special report on Tomorrow’s Leaders, we asked school captains across the length and breadth of metropolitan Melbourne: What action will you take to make a difference in your community?

Captains of 216 schools responded, and the thought provoking and inspiring words of those from our local schools are published here.

A representative group of 26 of these young leaders, featured on the front cover of every local special print edition, gathered with us at State Parliament recently to extrapolate on their thoughts, and meet Premier Dan Andrews, who took the time to offer them some encouraging words to forge their own path as they prepare to take on the world.

One of the most inspiring observations from this gathering was how easily these confident young people networked with each other, despite never having met.

It reminds us great leaders are also great communicators.

As leaders within a dynamic, diverse and emerging community, we will use our collective efforts and experience to develop a sense of connectedness, purpose and harmony among our peers, their families, and our community.

We are inspired by the leaders who have shaped us into the individuals we are today – these people have challenged, lifted and transformed us.

As college captains, we have reflected on our vision to enhance connectedness, purpose and harmony throughout our community.

We have considered the qualities that make us, and those of our college, who we are – our culture, our nationalities and our beliefs.

To achieve this, we will continue to work with our school leadership team to celebrate differences through school events, cultural education and respectful relationships. In all we do, we will seek to build unity through diversity, as Richard Twisssaid: “You can’t have unity without diversity.”

We will lead the students of Tarneit Senior College to reflect on their own identities, celebrate what makes them who they are and provide them with the platform to showcase this to our college community.

It is by working with each student in our college and providing each of those students with a voice that we will see greater connectedness, purpose, and harmony.