Flag Handover Ceremony

On Thursday 16th November, we gathered as a college community in the Joseph Gabel Hall for the annual Flag Handover Liturgy. This special occasion recognises the “changing of the guard” in that we formally acknowledge and say farewell to our 2017 College Leaders whilst introducing our new College Leaders for 2018.

In an exciting development for the College, 2018 will see a new structure to our Student Leadership model in conjunction with the realignment of our house system. From 2018 onwards we formally endorse our College Captain, Vice-Captain and eight House Leaders.

Aa part of this special Flag Handover Liturgy, the 2017 College Captain, Ryan Byrnes, asked us all to not only recognise and utilize our own individual gifts and strengths but also to look for the strengths of others. He called for us to inspire each other through our actions and our choices particularly in the area of social justice, in which Ryan used the community program of Joey’s Van as an example for us to act as a community, a group who are on the same journey. Ryan then spoke directly to his fellow Year 10 students,

“Looking back on our four years at St James College, I have nothing but praise for you in your efforts to leave the school in a better place than when you found it.”

Incoming College Captain, Nicholas Boloutis also added his thoughts on this occasion and he acknowledged how privileged he felt to be chosen by his peers to represent the College in 2018. “I look forward to the coming year with anticipation and excitement knowing that St James will continue to provide quality learning experiences to all those fortunate enough to attend such a highly respected college.”

I thank all the 2017 College Leaders for their outstanding contributions to the College, particularly over the last twelve months, and I wish the 2018 leadership group all the very best for an exciting year ahead.

“But this is not the way it is with you; rather, the greatest one among you must be like the servant.
Who is greater, the one who sits down to eat or the one who serves?
The one who sits down, of course.
But I am among you as one who serves.”
(Luke 9:46)

Martin Callanan
Religious Education Coordinator

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