This week we meet the school captains of Cherrybrook Technology High School, whose motto is Achieving Together.
Read their Q&A below:
What is unique about your school?
Johnson Liu: The vast choice of subjects and diverse background of students.
Emma Timbrell: Our size means we have access to some of the most advanced technology and resources available to public schools – benefiting students across all grades and electives.
Shakti Srikanth: Cherrybrook is such a diverse community! It's probably fair to say we host one of the best Multicultural week celebrations in our area. As such, students can grow and learn among peers from every walk of life, gaining a more cultured appreciation of different religions and values.
Longen Lan: Immense size giving rise to vast cultural diversity
What do you want to do when you leave school?
Johnson Liu: I’ll be looking to study a business degree alongside my cadetship program.
Emma Timbrell: Next year I plan on going to university and studying a degree in business.
Shakti Srikanth: I hope to study Law and International Studies at University, and immerse myself within a career where I can harness my interests in public speaking and leading, truly making a difference to people’s lives. I would love to work for the United Nations, or another intergovernmental organisation like the World Bank or World Health Organisation.
Longen Lan: Explore as much of the world as possible.
Why do you think being a school leader is important?
Johnson Liu: It allows one to propel their aspirations for the school and influence the community comprehensively.
Emma Timbrell: Personally, it provides an opportunity to grow and network, but it also provides a mechanism for students to express their voice and affirm their role within the school community.
Shakti Srikanth: Being a part of the Student Executive was not just about representing the school at functions, but about raising school spirit among our peers. To take the edge of stressful school work, we aimed to re-energise students through themed Mufti Days and events such as our talent show.
Longen Lan: It gives you first hand experience in assuming responsibility and watching after your actions.
If you were the principal what would you introduce?
Johnson Liu: I would introduce new subjects such as philosophy and ethics. I think that is what our society needs, a new generation of contemporary thinkers.
Emma Timbrell: I would introduce more outdoor and interactive learning to stimulate students minds in new ways.
Shakti Srikanth: I personally believe there needs to be more of an emphasis on current affairs and politics within our school curriculum. It's quite scary to think that some of my peers who are eligible to vote in the forthcoming election care, or know very little about the governing of our country. To trigger a conversation about current social concerns, we should harness our schools technology to access articles and engage students in class discussions.
Longen Lan: The prefect system — our school has enough room for more leaders.