Gail Mitchell - The Eagle Newsletter

Servant leadership in Year 6

You could scroll online right now and find at least half a dozen titles about how to be a great leader, how to get people to follow and listen to you, how to achieve influence and make a difference. You would find titles about how to make your name known, build your popularity or acquire positions of power.

Leadership isn’t a new concept; there have been leaders since the creation of the world. But when Jesus came along, he decided to flip the narrative of leadership on its head and people didn’t expect that at all.

Servant leadership is best defined by Jesus Himself: “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Matthew 20:26-28.

This week we have had the privilege to recognise and thank our Year 6 students for their amazing service to the school and for the way in which they have demonstrated servant leadership. Over the course of the year, this team has helped out in the Library, been involved in buddy eating, tirelessly reffed hundreds of soccer games, packed and unpacked toys, raised flags and have run a number of clubs, helping to improve our school community and being of assistance to others.

They have served with integrity, humility, flexibility and adaptability as they have taken on these roles and responsibilities. They have modelled kindness and care towards others and shown friendship to many ‘little people’ often becoming someone’s hero. They have been inclusive and have put others first being extremely helpful. Most importantly, they have gone about their business in such a positive way, demonstrating the G.R.E.A.T values. Their service to the school has been invaluable and it is something that cannot be measured but has certainly been felt.

Servant leadership is not just an interesting idea, but something fundamentally and vitally important in helping us develop personally and collectively. The hope of my heart for all of our Year 6 students is that they continue to grow in service and that the work they have begun becomes a movement that continues to be God honouring and continues to impact our College and our community.

Please find below the photos from our Year 6 Leadership Assembly which occurred on Wednesday.

Gail Mitchell, Head of Primary