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2023 student leaders announced

Gippsland Grammar has announced its student leaders for next year with 14 senior students named as the School’s Captains, Vice-Captains and Prefects for 2023.

Current Year 11 students Emily Thai and Ed Courtier will be the 2023 School Captains, supported by Vice Captains Sophie Alexander and Monty Richardson. Another 10 students were named as Prefects across specific areas including ‘Community and Culture’, ‘Wellbeing and Care’, Curriculum and Learning’, Creativity and Expression’ and ‘Sport and Experience’.

The students will spend the remainder of this year preparing for their new leadership roles, which come into effect from the start of Term 1 next year when they begin their final year of schooling as Year 12 students.

Acting Principal Michele Wakeham said opportunities for student leadership were offered across all year levels at the ELC to VCE independent School, however these senior roles were the most high-profile and sought after.

“We were very excited that we have so many passionate students who were so passionate in stepping up to Learn, Live and Lead within our School Community,” Mrs Wakeham said.

“The decisions certainly weren’t easy and we sincerely thank these student leaders in accepting their titles and responsibilities.

“We are confident these students will model the leadership qualities we aim to instil in all students who attend Gippsland Grammar.”

Head of Garnsey Rohan Jayatilake said a strong field of about 40 students were vying for the positions of Leadership, which for the first time this year included Prefects spread across five key areas, rather than general Prefects.

“By focusing on specific areas of learning, our new Captains and Prefects will be leading change in areas of the School that they are truly passionate about,” Mr Jayatilake said. “We believe this will encourage deeper and more meaningful conversations between students, staff and families, furthering our achievement of student, School and Community goals.”

Each student submitted a formal application, sat an interview with members of the School’s own Leadership team and presented to their peers at a Campus assembly.

During the application process, successful School Captain candidate Ed Courtier spoke of the traits he considers important for all leaders.

“A leader must be selfless, with the interest of the community at heart, while maintaining honesty and perseverance,” Ed said. “I encourage that all of us strive to be leaders in our own lives, to make our own decisions whilst thinking first of how they impact those around us.”

Fellow 2023 Captain Emily Thai spoke of her leader values: “I value people’s opinions and their ideas,” Emily said. “I also value feedback because it allows us to progress further in our goals and succeed. To be good a leader, you have to be prepared to fail, prepared to learn, and prepared to work on ideas and do something for the benefit of everyone else.

School CaptainEd Courtier
School CaptainEmily Thai
Vice Captain:Monty Richardson
Vice Captain:Sophie Alexander
Community and Culture Prefect:Lailah Moore
Community and Culture Prefect:Nathaniel Shelton
Wellbeing and Care Prefect:Chris Kelsey
Wellbeing and Care Prefect:Isabel Rush Lestrange
Curriculum and Learning Prefect:Samithri Kaluarachchi
Curriculum and Learning Prefect:Jonathon DeKock
Creativity and Expression Prefect:Georgia Shell
Creativity and Expression Prefect:Leah Brutovic
Sport and Experience Prefect:Austin Bauer
Sport and Experience Prefect:Ella O’Doherty


Gippsland Grammar background:

Gippsland Grammar is one of Australia’s leading co-educational Anglican schools, with a tradition of excellence in education extending almost 100 years. Located in the heart of Gippsland, the School has more than 1100 students across three campuses including St Anne’s junior campus and the Garnsey senior campus, both at Sale, and the Bairnsdale junior campus in East Gippsland. Enrolments at both junior campuses begin with a 3s and 4s kindergarten program at their respective Early Learning Centres (ELC) and Garnsey caters for students from Years 7-12. Gippsland Grammar is also the only boarding school east of Melbourne’s suburban fringe and is a home-away-from-home for students from far East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Victoria’s High Country and the Latrobe Valley as well as for a cohort of international students.

Gippsland Grammar’s 2021 VCE results:

Gippsland Grammar’s class of 2021 was among some of Victoria’s highest achieving Year 12 students. An amazing 21 per cent of the School’s Year 12 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) above 90 and 38 per cent above 80, which places them in the top 10 percent, and 20 per cent, in the state respectively. Gippsland Grammar’s Dux for 2021 was Demi Edward with an ATAR of 99.2, two students achieved a perfect study score of 50 while 28 per cent of students achieved a study score above 40. Gippsland Grammar is also proud to acknowledge the 21 students from the 2021 cohort who made a successful transition into the workforce through an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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