This week we meet the school captains of James Ruse Agricultural High School, whose motto is Gesta Non Verba (Actions Not Words).
Read their Q&A:
What is unique about your school?
Jessica Zeng: Our community is very unique. Teachers and parents often go above and beyond to support the student body. The school also offers an enormous amount of extra curricular activities so students can develop their interests.
Kerry Xue: The way the community is so intertwined. There are no boundaries between the grades, they are all part of James Ruse.
Chelsea Valentin: We're very compassionate about our studies. We drive ourselves to reach our best and challenge each other.
What do you want to do when you leave school?
Jessica Zeng: I'm interested in secondary education.
Kerry Xue: Looking to study medicine.
Chelsea Valentin: I’d like to help people in some way. Maybe as a teacher or a physiotherapist. As long as I'm working with people in a personal way I’d be happy.
Why do you think being a school leader is important?
Jessica Zeng: It’s a great opportunity for students to serve our peers by voicing their concerns and being a representative.
Kerry Xue: It’s a skill that needs to be passed on from generation to generation.
Chelsea Valentin: It’s important because you get to lead people who you love in a school that you love.
If you were the principal what would you introduce?
Jessica Zeng: A system where students give back to the school and parents by cooking.
Kerry Xue: Make testing procedures more suited to different learning types. For example not just have a pen and paper exam.
Chelsea Valentin: Perhaps a mini Disneyland at the school.