Student leadership was highly evident at the SEASAC basketball and touch tournament last weekend in Bangkok. It was a really successful event in which the girls touch team were crowned champions, and the girls basketball won silver after a tough and tense final against the host school.
The captains of each team playing that weekend showed exceptional leadership qualities. Low Yee Jin, Chloe Mackley and Emily Brosnan set the highest expectations for themselves and their teams throughout the weekend, leading by example in all that they did. Yet they never lost their sense of humour and the ability to empathise with those around them - both on and off of the field of play.As a result each one of their teams responded in a really positive and supportive way.
For Chloe Mackley it was a particularly emotional tournament. This had been her fifth SEASAC basketball tournament and the first time one of her teams had reached the final. A clue to the reason for their success in this year's tournament can be found in the work ethic of the team. Joyce Tan, one of our Year 11 players, told the team during the semi-final that they should not be afraid to make a mistake, because "the rest of the team are here to catch you if you do." This sentence resounded with each of them, and in this they found comfort and energy to do the very best they could. The same sentiment was echoed in all of the teams representing KLASS at this tournament.
Sometimes in school we don’t like to make mistakes, but it is inevitable. To know that it is human to make a mistake, to know that it is ok to make a mistake, and to know that we learn from our mistakes enables us to take risks, be creative and push ourselves beyond what we thought we could. We always try to encourage our students to take risks with their learning, to ask questions, to criticise, analyse and create new possibilities. Independent learners and problem solvers are not passive, instead they ask why? and what if? and sometimes, why not?
I’d like to thank Ms Rose, Ms Best and Mr Tutty for all of their hard work as coaches in enabling the leaders to lead, the players to play and the risks to be taken, in a tremendous sporting spirit.
I wish you all a great weekend ahead.
Secondary Campus Assistant Principal - Curriculum