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Year 12 students embrace leadership opportunities beyond school

Nikolas and Anika

In our school community, we take immense pride in nurturing the leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to share the remarkable achievements of two of our Year 12 students, Nikolas Gay and Anika Bailey, who as active members of our local TS Orion Australian Navy Cadets, recently embraced leadership opportunities outside the school environment.

During the second week of the April school holidays, Nikolas Gay and Anika Bailey embarked on a journey, participating in the Navy Cadets Fleet Engagement at Cockatoo Island. Their adventure continued as they spent five nights aboard HMAS Adelaide, the largest ship in the Australian Fleet, sailing from Sydney to Melbourne. This experience allowed them to immerse themselves in the life of a navy ship and actively participate in a myriad of engaging activities.

Building on their maritime endeavours, Anika went on to attend the inaugural Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) Tri-Service Leadership Summit at HMAS Harman Canberra across the weekend of May 12 to 14. This prestigious event brought together ten cadets from each of the services, from across the nation. Anika had the opportunity to engage with distinguished guests, including the esteemed General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd), who serves as a patron of the ADFC. Throughout the summit, cadets delved into discussions cantered around the theme of leadership, guided by the insights of military leaders.

As part of the summit, cadets faced numerous challenges at the Australian Defence Force Academy, honing their leadership skills and expanding their perspectives. This was followed by a visit to the Australian War Memorial where they took part in a moving Last Post ceremony, laying wreaths representing all three Cadet bodies.

Capping off an action-packed weekend, on Sunday morning a rigorous Leadership Reaction course at the Army range, nestled amidst the hills overlooking our nation's capital, put participants leadership abilities to the test.

Nikolas Gay and Anika Bailey’s achievements serve as examples of the incredible potential our students possess. By embracing these leadership opportunities beyond the confines of our school, they have expanded their horizons, cultivated vital skills, and forged connections with distinguished leaders in their respective fields.

We congratulate Nikolas and Anika for their dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to personal growth which serves as an inspiration to their peers and the wider school community. As educators, we are immensely proud to witness our students flourish and embrace the challenges that lie beyond the classroom, empowering themselves to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Photos and information provided by Janet Bailey.