On Strowan – Volume 14 // Issue 8 // 14 November 2019
The Senior College covers Years 12–13. Head of Senior College is John Ruge.
Two weeks ago I attended the final prefect meeting for the year. It was in two parts: the first half was a time for the current team to reflect on their year of leadership, tidy up some loose ends, and swap secret Santa gifts. Over the second half of lunchtime, the 2020 team joined us, and the new prefects spent time with their experienced peers asking questions about what it’s really like to be in a senior leadership role at St Andrew’s College. It was a great time of sharing and thoughtful reflection, and I am full of admiration for this wonderful group of young people who have led our student body so capably this year.
The following week I received an annual review that the Head Prefects, Juliette and Luca, had written, summarising their year of service and leadership. Amidst a very full report about all of the amazing things that the team have achieved together was a wonderful comment on their theme for the year, Pride. They wrote about having pride in your peers, by supporting each other, and made the observation that “When we support others, we fill their buckets and consequently fill our own, improving well-being within the College as a whole. One of the main reasons we feel that the prefect team found success was because of how, despite our wide diversity, we supported and celebrated each other.”
What an insightful bunch of young people. It has been such a privilege to work with them this year and to see them all grow in their understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, and also what it means to
be a leader.
If you have a son/daughter leaving the College this year, thank you for all your support during their time here. A school is never any more or less than the sum of its parts, and you have been an integral part of what we do. Thank you for the taxi services, the lunches, for engaging and connecting with teaching and administration staff, and for partnering with us to be a part of the education of these young people. I hope you will feel, as we do, that this has been a more than worthwhile journey. The Leavers’ Chapel Service and Leavers’ Assembly were both wonderful opportunities to honour our student body. Thank you to all who came to those events for your support.
If you have a son/daughter returning to the College next year, I look forward to another exciting and challenging year as we work to prepare young people who have a strong sense of self-efficacy combined with a deep sense of connection with others. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Head of Senior College