Meet RSC’s new school leaders
BUILDING confidence, leaving their mark or being a role model for their fellow peers are among the many experiences Roma's newest school leaders hope to gain from the venture.
Tallara Ries, Thomas Schefe, Jayson Theron and Kiana Van Der Meulen were inducted as the Year 12 school leaders for Roma State College (RSC) on Wednesday, with past student leaders Imogen Newton, Matika Laycock and Colina Grant guest speakers.
Both students and teachers were involved in voting for who they thought were deserving candidates of the positions after having speeches presented by applicants.
Jayson was inspired to apply to be a school leader after witnessing first-hand his father's leadership in his business and wanting to forge a path for his sibling.
"I like to know that I'm being looked up to and being a role model to younger kids," he said.
"I have a little brother in prep and he looks up to me and says he wants to be a leader as well one day."
Jayson is planning on completing his certificate III in rugby league studies and hopes to continue his passion for the sport after school.
"I'm going stay in town and finish my apprenticeship and see where I go from there. I might travel the world because I can work anywhere with it," he said.
Thomas said the thing he enjoys most about RSC is the fact that their grade is big enough to be able to make a difference but still small enough to make solid connections with his peers.
"Coming through the school and seeing the leaders, the respect for them and seeing the difference they made in the school and I thought I want to be part of that as well," he said.
He is aiming to go to university next year and study a double degree in business and industrial design.
Building confidence in public speaking was the main incentive for Kiana Van Der Meulen in becoming a leader.
"My brother was a school leader a couple of years ago and I've always looked up to him and I think its pretty cool you can do so much when you're a leader," she said.
While she is looking forward to the challenges that come with getting out of her comfort zone, she will continuing her certificate III traineeship in dental assisting and hopes to forge a career in the field after school.
Leaving her mark at RSC is what inspired Tallara Ries to step up and take on the extra responsibility.
"Leaders are who everyone looks up to in school and it's how you make the biggest difference in year 12," she said.
"It's about making a difference and leaving something we can be proud of."
Tallara wants to pursue dual degree in nursing and paramedics after school and is already gaining experience by working once a week at the hospital, studying a certificate III in aged care.
Arcadia: Maggie Davis and Mitch Eddie
Balonne: Sophie Gibson and Jessie Maunder
Carnarvon: Taylor Heath and Meg McGrath
Maranoa: Hannah Green and Jade Tetlow
Student Welfare Committee:
Year 12: Jaimee Balagbis and Charmaine Liston
Year 11: Amy Heath & Tanea Jones-Drennen
Year 10: Annabel Flower and Jessica Rowlings
Year 9: Stella Palmer
Year 8: Georgia Pearce and Jorja Taylor
Year 7: Evie Jacobs and Matt Rowlings
Student environment committee:
Year 12: Connor Bellenger and Tayla James
Year 11: Chelsea James, Heather Proud, and Lauren Squire
Year 10: Chelsea Gorry and Bethany Liston
Year 9: Jael Halls and Taylah Liston
Year 8: Orry McLeod
Year 7: Izzy Stapleton and Sophie Shaw
Student activities committee:
Year 12: House captains
Year 11: Madelyn Jukes and Brock Westbrook
Year 9: Brody Patterson
Year 8: Aimee Dean and Ryly Zoellner
Year 7: Riley Lucht and Ebony Lewington
Senior Project Committee: