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School Captains Investiture

13/02/2013

​On 13th February 2013, Minimbah State School held its Leaders Investiture. We congratulate the following 2013 Student Leaders

 School Captains

 Shanika L, Mitchell L, Brooke T, Myles W

House Captains

Cyclones: Toby S and Charlotte Q

Hurricanes: Niam M and Taylor McC

Tornadoes: Mitchell K and Amity G

Typhoons: Harley B and Kasey-Ann R

Arts Captains: Kaitlyn G and Natalie R

The Principal's Speech is below

Good Morning and welcome to Parents and Citizens Association Representatives, members of staff, parents, caregivers and most importantly, you the students of Minimbah State School. Now with parliament sitting we have an apology from our local member of parliament the Honourable Darren Grimwade MP, member for Morayfield.
Whenever we come together and celebrate the achievements and successes of our students they are special times and today is no different. Which is why it is so pleasing to see so many family members here to see our 2013 Leaders Investiture. This is also a time when we also recognise the impact of our students themselves, their families and our school, all of whom have combined to create our 2013student leaders.
We at Minimbah State School are very aware of the trust you placed in us around seven years ago, when you sent your rather small and often scared Pre-schoolers into the care of another. As I look at the Year 7’s as a group and our Leaders in particular, I know all our staff, are very proud to have had a hand in helping these young people grow into the great leaders you see before you. I also, need to acknowledge all of our Yr 7 students, to those that nominated to be a School Leader, yet were unsuccessful, I Thank you. It is by you pushing these people, by you “Raising the Bar”, by you challenging yourself to do better, that we have such a great group of leaders this year.
Today, we celebrate the induction of our school leaders.  The School Leaders have many duties and they influence the student body in many ways, not least by their excellent example, displayed by their
Being Respectful
Being Safe and Responsible
Being a Good Learner and of course
Being fair and cooperative.
But what qualities make a good leader? Depending on who you talk to you will get a different answer. Having had to go through the recruitment and selection process myself last year, it is something I have thought long and hard about.
In fact this year I’d like to draw on the work of my own daughter, who at her school, is currently having to research a “Great” world leader and work out what were their achievements and how did they actually lead. Her choice of leader surprised me as for this person, when you dig a little deeper, you find they were not perfect, they made mistakes and in some areas, were not actually that successful.
The leader I’m talking about is Mahatma Gandhi. For our younger students, Mahatma Gandhi is considered the father of the modern and democratic India, the world’s second largest country by population. Pretty impressive words to put on a job application.
But what did Mahatma Gandhi do or achieve? Gandhi came from a very wealthy family and was born in a time where India was ruled by the British. He travelled the world and it was only after travelling through South Africa, he faced racism and started to look at injustices of British rule and the mistreatment of Indians, both by the British and to each other.
In Gandhi’s time, India was a much larger country and was made up of Hindu’s, Muslim’s, Sikh’s, Buddhists, Christians;  it was in fact a melting pot of religions, with a people mostly wanting to end British rule. So what did Gandhi actually do?
He walked the country talking to and listening to people.
He spoke about Truth and non-violent resistance (a big contrast to the troubles in the middle east today)
He formed a direct following of around 70 000 people who resisted the unfair taxes of the British rulers
In 1933, he went to England with a group of others to argue for independence for India, with all people under the one Indian Flag.
What actually happened?
·          India stayed part of Britain until after the second World War, when England was bankrupt and couldn’t afford to keep soldiers in India
·          When India became independent, Gandhi was not a leader in India, he was not a member of the Peoples Party, nor was he Prime Minister or President
·          India was broken up into Bangladesh and Pakistan for the Muslims and India for the Sihk’s and Hindu’s, we still have border disputes today between Pakistan and India.
So for a Mahatma Gandhi scoresheet
Free India – no
One united India – no
Prime Minister or first democratic leader – No
This doesn’t look to good on the job application, does it?
So how did Gandhi become the father of modern India?
I believe that it is a persons actions, values and characteristics, that shape our ability to be a good leader and then, how we influence, affect or impact on others.
Qualities such as
Honesty
Respect
Loyalty
Fairness and
Courage
But I believe that the most important personal quality of a good leader and a trait that Gandhi demonstrated, is that of Integrity.
Integrity – in all you say and do, that is your words and actions match up, you have the internal strength to do what is right, when at times you may personally suffer in some way.

Look at Gandhi, Gandhi, a small man, no shoes, funny round glasses and a white robe, armed with only two things “truth and non-violence”, staring down the might of the British Empire and over 60 000 British soldiers, giving a population of nearly 1 billion people a belief in themselves, self-confidence and pride, now that’s an impressive feat and something to admire.
Being a good leader is about who you really are, what defines you, how you act under different circumstances and how you deal with others, especially when you are under pressure. It is in this context, that the true power and impact of Gandhi can be seen. He instilled in his people a belief in themselves, a belief in their ability to look after themselves as individuals and as a country and he instilled a confidence and pride that we can still see today, as India becomes an emerging world power.
Being a good leader is about respect for yourself and respect for others and it is something that we all have to reflect on from time to time, for there are times when we could have acted in a more appropriate way, been more considerate of others, and it is during these times that the true character of a great leader shines through.
I believe that congratulations are due to all our Year 7 leaders, you are in a transition stage of life, this is
Your last year of primary school
Your changing from a child to an adult and most importantly
Your opportunity to be a positive role model, to influence, to shine and most importantly, to lead.
I know I speak for all at Minimbah State School, when I say, we have high expectations of you. Yet I also have confidence and faith in the knowledge, that you will surprise, not just us, but also yourselves. You will make mistakes, we all do, even Gandhi, just remember to learn from them.
I would like to wish all incoming student leaders every success for this year, we as a staff and school community have every confidence in you to fulfil your duties in an exemplary manner and make all who have contributed to your success, proud.
 
Being a great leader is not easy and so I will leave you with two quotes from Gandhi to reflect upon:
Firstly
“Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself”

Best wishes to our 2013 School Leaders and thankyou