We hit the ground running and more than half of the cohort were involved in some way with our Valentines Day fundraiser. Double the amount of roses than last year were supplied and we still sold out! Due to their hard work selling, preparing and delivering artificial roses, we were able to donate $600 to Heart Kids and support children born with heart conditions.
Harmony Day was the next school wide event with many of the year 11s performing and working at the Australian BBQ stall to raise funds for our Indigenous students' various projects. Our sausage Sizzle skills were further put to the test, feeding the school at the Athletics carnival.
In addition to this, students engaged in a variety of personal awareness and development programs with presentations from various external organisations: including the CyberSafety division of Education Queensland; the P.A.R.T.Y program delivered by the Royal Brisbane Hospital; road safety education programs offered by RACQ and Queensland Emergency services; and Love Bites sessions with the guidance officer and school nurse.
In 2019, our year 11 students settled into a number of leadership positions. The key positions for year 11 being SRC representatives and year 7 buddies. This year our buddies have been integral in assisting the year 7's with their transition into high school. Our buddies credit themselves with expertly 'putting out social fires' as well as being mentors and sharing wisdom through experience – and everyone loves a good game of Hangman.
On top of opportunities offered to the entire student body, Year 11's attended a number of planned events that complemented their studies at school and at home. At Craigslea we are creating global citizens and the Year 11s have had many opportunities to become well rounded, multi-skilled individuals. 2019 activities involved Arts Spectacular, a Constitutional convention, a Philosothon, the Integrity '20 Forum, Anzac day ceremonies, Mental Health Week, the Snow trip, primary school performances, music camps, numerous volleyball competitions, assignments, test and more assignments – it's been a hectic year.
Of course, the highlight of the year, for many, was the Semi-formal. Just as they came together on year 10 camp last year, the group loved this new opportunity to express their individuality and growing maturity as young adults in a formal setting (and most importantly, on the dance floor).
My experience with this cohort is that they are diligent students with high expectations for themselves academically. They are kind and caring towards each other and have a strong sense of social justice. They allow each other to be different and respect each other's strengths and weaknesses. I would like this year to be the year that they step further into the spotlight, both as school leaders and as participants in all that Craigslea has to offer.
There has been fierce competition for 2020 leadership positions and a 2020 Events Committee has already been established. We look forward to implementing a range of innovations next year as well as completing more of those tests and assignments …