THREE student leaders at St Rita’s College, Clayfield, have garnered their artistic skills to remind the school community about the dignity of the human person.
School captain Freya van der Wal, and vice-captains Zara Gomez and Olivia Osborne invited all staff and students to pen their names and personal strengths on paper to help form a giant paper chain heart.
Freya said the project was a visible sign that “each individual person at St Rita’s College is valued”.
The 2015 school captain said many students and even some staff could feel insignificant in a high school environment.
“It’s easy to feel like you’re lost in the crowd, and you don’t make a difference,” she said.
Accompanied by her vice-captains, the trio collected 1300 strips of paper to form three giant chains that will be displayed as a heart in the school.
“Having everyone involved shows it does matter what you bring to the table,” Freya said.
Olivia said involving the newly introduced Year 7s helped to shake the new students’ nerves as they started their first year in secondary school.
Zara said the project showed the community, including the “non-teaching staff members”, how everyone “joined together by our strengths”.
Principal Dale Morrow said the giant paper chain heart would communicate to the wider community that the college was “a community of love”.
“It does require every single member of the community to be a part of it so no one is left out – that includes the groundsmen, the pantry ladies, teachers, admin staff – it’s us as a community,” Mrs Morrow said.
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