Congratulations to this year’s Student Leadership Team. We look forward to everything these incredibly committed, thoughtful and generous role models will bring to student leadership at Stella.
Stella Girls have a reputation as young leaders who graduate well equipped to make a positive difference in the world. The Leadership Program at Stella Maris runs from Years 7 to 12 and focuses on developing socially minded young women who embrace active citizenship. The personal growth that each opportunity fosters is not to be underestimated, especially in the areas of
- initiative and entrepreneurship
- organisational skills
- interpersonal skills
- authentic leadership
- effective communication, especially public speaking
- community spirit
There are various opportunities for the girls to demonstrate and grow in their leadership skills during Years 7 to 11, some of which include
- Student Representative Council (SRC)
- fundraising for our local and Good Samaritan charities
- peer mentoring and tutoring
- representing the College at Open Day and other College events
- volunteering for community service
All our girls are offered training in leadership but there is a specific focus in Year 11 where the College Student Leadership democratic processes formally begin. The student body nominates and votes for their Year 12 representatives who are responsible for leading the SRC, running the College Assemblies, organising liturgies, initiating social justice campaigns, hosting events and House meetings, representing the College at major events and many other such responsibilities.
The SRC, whose members are formally elected by each Year group, is the conduit by which the girls can have an authentic role in the everyday running of the College. It is a core part of the Student Leadership Program.
Aside from the formal structures of leadership, we expect all our girls to be true leaders through their words and actions in the classroom and playground, their enthusiasm for engaging in College life, their support of other girls and staff and their sense of personal responsibility.
Senior positions of responsibility
- College Captain
- College Vice Captains
- SRC Prefects
- Academic Prefect
- Social Justice Prefects
- Liturgy Prefects
- Creative and Performing Arts Prefect
- Benedictine Value Prefect (Community, Hospitality, Peace and Justice, Stewardship)
- Sports Captain
- International Student Prefects
- Duke of Edinburgh Prefects
- House Captains
Words of Wisdom – Past Captains
“The year 2020 brought many obstacles and opportunities to students and staff at Stella Maris College. As College Captain, I witnessed firsthand how the incredible community at Stella has overcome these challenges and embraced these opportunities. The 2020 Student Leadership Team’s goal this year was to ultimately capture the personal and positive experiences of our fellow students, to continue to develop our College values within the Benedictine framework, and to keep alive the values that make our Stella journey such an amazing experience. Our values of Stewardship, Community and Hospitality helped us develop a strong sense of gratitude for the privileges, opportunities, friendships and sense of belonging that every girl is fortunate to enjoy throughout her years at Stella. The value of Peace and Justice challenged us as a school to respect, appreciate and share our gifts and resources for the benefit of others. I reflect upon this year in awe and with pride in our Stella community, and the way they have tackled such an unpredictable 2020 in a positive and adaptable manner. I commend all students and staff for continuing to strive to create a loving and nurturing culture at the College that has allowed for every Stella girl to enjoy walking through our gates each day.” – Ella, 2020
“We have musicians, singers, artists, geniuses, writers, dancers, mathematicians and girls who like sports; we have a full range of interests; however, that is what we do and not who we are. At Stella we emphasize and value the person you are, not your academic rank or how good you are at something. We value all your qualities as they all go to make up the girl you are. A ‘Stella Girl’. Part of the Stella family.” – Molly