Strong leadership in finest tradition

Coolum High’s 2009 school leaders Pat Preston (vice-captain), Harry Werner (captain), Olivia Allocca (captain), Zach Grundy (president, student council) and Hayley Morden (vice-captain). Photo: Mike Garry/scw1368a
Coolum High’s 2009 school leaders Pat Preston (vice-captain), Harry Werner (captain), Olivia Allocca (captain), Zach Grundy (president, student council) and Hayley Morden (vice-captain). Photo: Mike Garry/scw1368a

The investiture of school leaders at Coolum High is a whole lot more than the mere presentation of medals.

It is a grand, whole-of-school ceremony where leadership is defined, aspirations declared and commitments made.

Political and community leaders and proud parents attended in force to show their support for the children and the school.

Principal Lee Goossens said leadership came in many different forms and styles.

“It is not bound by age, race, religion, gender or status in society,” he said.

“Public schools like Coolum State High pride themselves on the strength inherent in the diversity of their community and the fact they are blessed with the enviable task of nurturing the next generation of leaders in society.”

School captain Olivia Allocca said it seemed “not very long ago” that she and her classmates had started high school.

Olivia said she and fellow captain Harry Werner were confident that, with the talent, support and friendship of the senior students, great things were possible.

“Now, in our last year of high school, it is our turn to lead the school, and it is a challenge we look forward to,” she said.

“We understand we have responsibilities to meet and that we can be an example for those who will follow after us in the years to come.

“We wish to build on the legacy left by those who went before us and leave behind when we go, an attitude of having a go, supporting each other and making a difference.

“If we can leave that legacy behind us then we will have been effective leaders.”


Captains: Olivia Allocca and Harry Werner

Vice-captains: Hayley Morden and Pat Preston

Student council president: Zach Grundy

Student council vice-president: Britoni Drummond

Student councilors

Amy Birch, Sheri Bird, Shannen Boon, Elleica Box, Aimee Cahill, Siarne Loeve, Hannah Mackenzie, Jessica Mayer, Michelle Olsson, Braden Parker, Rachel Prendeville, Serena Rosenkranz, Alanna Ryeland, Sharnae Willison, Megan Ward, and Jamilla Young.

House captains

Binyama: Jaydon Matt-West and Beau Wallace

Carcoola: Kyle Laird and Carla Archibald

Warringa: Luke Altham and Haylee Moore

Yuroka: Gabby Petersen and Hannah Mackenzie

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