April 26, 2017

City of Kingston 2017 Young Citizen of the Year

Congratulations to Finn Mc Henry current Year 12 student and School Captain who was awarded this honour this week at a special ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall. It was presented by Councillor Georgina Oxley, on behalf of the Mayor David Eden. Finn was nominated by two of his teachers here at Mordialloc College, Mrs Peerbux and Mrs Paten. This is an outstanding achievement! Finn is a selfless individual, always ready to help a good cause, his peers and fellow students, and also the teachers and leadership team at the College.

Finn has been the driving force and the leading student voice behind the work of the Respect Group since its inception, has represented the school speaking with eloquence, intelligence and insight and is a strong advocate for all. He has demonstrated diplomatic skills beyond his years.

In Finn’s first address to the College at the start of the year he wrote a humble and inspiring speech. Below is a transcript:

Leadership is a privilege, and a responsibility. When I say that it’s a responsibility, I mean that at some point everyone must be a leader. We owe it to the people around us to lead.

This kind of leadership may be something that you’re being recognised for today; in front of everyone, with a badge and applause. But leadership can be much simpler than that.

Helping a classmate or friend, or being the first to put your hand up for any of the many opportunities on offer at the school. Leadership also changes, from situation to situation.

You might not be an expert in maths, and rely on help from your classmates, but you could shine in an art classroom, and be leading that same group.

Everyone has unique talents and skills, which will allow them to support and guide others. And that’s what leadership is; it’s about what you can do for the people around you.