As I stood in front of the Year 11s on their camp at Anglesea, I considered the implications of my opening question, “You don’t have to be a hero to be a leader – do you?” The question spurred the group into interesting territory, teasing out the students’ own experience and understanding of effective leadership, in the real world and the daily world of school, as a prelude to talking about student leadership at Scots.
The question also prompted me to answer my own question. In my view, I don’t think you do have to be a hero to be an effective leader as there are many models of leadership and the warrior/champion leader is but one. It does help enormously, however, if you are to lead, to be surrounded by a “heroic” team who help you achieve the goals you set.
Congratulations to Nick Roe, Year 10, who won the junior section of the Man From Snowy River Challenge at last weekend’s Man From Snowy River Festival in Corryong.
Nick and his horse Tuk competed in a series of events on the Saturday, including a bareback obstacle course, horse-shoeing and stock handling, scoring well in each and taking out the whipcrack section.