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Student Leadership at Siena College

Our Student Leaders have been busy participating in a number of events in recent weeks, including engaging in leadership development opportunities, networking with leaders from other schools, and representing Siena College at various community events and activities.

Sarah Murphy (Environment Leader) and Yasmyne Chung (Social Welfare Leader) attended the annual Student Leaders Forum, hosted by Josh Frydenberg, Federal Member for Kooyong. The focus of this year’s forum was on the environment, and provided our students the opportunity to compare sustainability strategies at different schools, and the efforts and outcomes  of various student led initiatives. It was also a chance for our students to engage in discussion regarding the government’s views related to climate change and environmental degradation, and discuss current policy as well as future opportunities for Australia to address in relation to the conservation of our environment and natural resources.

A number of Year 12 Student Leaders represented Siena College at the annual International Women’s Day Breakfast, hosted by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.

The Siena College International Women’s Day Breakfast was held on Thursday, 7 March and the Siena College Student Leaders played in instrumental role in the planning and running of the event. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Kopanang Community Trust to support their work in empowering the women in Tsakane, South Africa.

There will be a Year 7 and 8 Student Leadership Course commencing in Week 7. These workshops will focus on Leadership Skills in a Dominican Context, and Leadership at Siena College. Following the leadership course, participants will have the opportunity to apply for the positions of Student Leader at Years 7 and 8, joining the Siena College Leadership Team for 2019. Students may sign up for the course by contacting Ms Moody.

Reflections from our Student Leaders

On Friday 1 March, Yasmyne Chung (Veritas Leader – Social Justice) and I attended the Kooyong Environment Forum hosted by Josh Frydenberg (Federal MP for Kooyong and Treasurer of Australia) with other student leaders from selected schools in the district. The forum consisted of school groups delivering a short speech regarding their school’s initiatives towards the environment. Through listening to the other school’s views and ideas for preserving and sustaining the environment, we discovered new ways in which we can implement similar sustainable actions into our school. We thoroughly enjoyed the discussion and viewed it to be quite valuable in generating ideas for future sustainable practises at Siena College.

Sarah Murphy, Veritas Leader - Environment

On Monday 4 March, select Year 12 leaders from Siena had the privilege of attending the International Women’s Day Breakfast hosted by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia. We attended the breakfast alongside other students from girls’ schools across Victoria. Guest speaker Catherine O’Sullivan gave an empowering address about the amazing work she does, dedicating her career to women’s leadership and education. Personally, I felt both captivated and inspired by the women celebrated at the event, and their achievements in empowering young women in Australia!

Niamh Hickey, Kurrajong House Leader

Siena College hosted its annual International Women’s Day Breakfast on Thursday, 7 March. This event provided an opportunity for members of the Siena College Community to gather together to celebrate the achievements of women, whilst acknowledging the work that has been done, and is yet to be done, in the journey towards a more gender balanced world. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Kopanang Community Trust, to continue their work in empowering women from the Tsakane township in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Siena College has supported Refiloe Sibisi, daughter of Kopanang community member Joyce, through her tertiary studies for the past three years. Refiloe recently completed her studies and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Business in the coming months. During the breakfast, an interview between two of our Student Leaders and Refiloe Sibisi was shown, which allowed a greater insight into her life and experiences as she comes to the end of her tertiary education supported by Siena College. The interview demonstrated the power that education can have, and the privilege it is to be educated. Putting a face to the name and really understanding why we raise money through events like the IWD breakfast puts it into perspective that we are helping real people, and real change can be made through our collective efforts.

It was inspiring to hear from Siena College Alumna Ursula Harris, who works within the STEM field as a cartographer in Antarctica. She spoke about the tribulations she faced while working in a male dominated environment and how she saw the progression in attitudes towards women. It was fascinating to hear about Dr Harris' work and the way she handled testing situations with humour and determination was inspiring.

Olivia Graham, Visual Arts and Design Leader


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