College captains are inspiring role models to all

Published 6:00am 5 February 2024

College captains are inspiring role models to all
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

As captains of The Lakes College, Katelyn Barber and Isaac Carter take their roles as leaders and mentors seriously.

Eager to lead the college in 2024, the pair has pledged to inspire and motivate fellow classmates as well as instill a sense of pride and belonging among other year levels.

“One of the things I have enjoyed most about being school captain so far is getting amongst the younger students and getting to know more people in different year levels,” Katelyn says.

“I got to know a lot of the Year 7 students during their induction day…. And there was an afternoon where we went and danced with the prep students in the hall, which was fun.”

Having had great mentors growing up, Isaac says he’s excited to be in a position where he can provide support and guidance to others.

“I remember when I was younger, I had a couple of friends who were older than me and they were able to pass on their experiences about classes and life,” Isaac says.

“Now that I have made friends in other grades, I am excited to be their mentor and pass on what I have learnt.”

Having seen the pair excel at all aspects of college life, principal Nicole Gregory says Katelyn and Isaac embody the Christ-centered values of their community.

“When it’s time to select the next round of leaders, we always wonder who is going to be lifted up this time and rise to the challenge,” Nicole says.

“When Katelyn and Isaac were elected, I couldn’t think of anyone better to uphold our vision, mission and values.

“Both have unique strengths, which I believe complement each other and reflect the kind of community we are.

“Katelyn is a strong and passionate young lady who works extremely hard to pursue her academic dreams, engages with people at every opportunity available, and communicates well with her teachers, classmates and younger peers.

“Isaac is a strong student who excels in his studies and in the pool as a member of our TLC Swim Club.

“He also has a natural ability to communicate, inspire and motivate others around him, not only in the pool, but also in the classroom.

“It’s a real privilege to have them as our captains for 2024, and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things they will achieve in their final year here with us.”

The pair will represent the school at multiple events and functions, as well as continuing their community service, which includes fundraising for different charities, and helping local organisations such as The Breakfast Club.

While it’s going to be a big year of assessments and exams, both have plans to further their education by attending university next year.

“I have been thinking about studying either teaching or law at university, but I want to do the best I can this year at school to keep my options open,” Katelyn says.

“I am thinking of studying engineering or going down some sort of medicine pathway,” Isaac says.

College captains are inspiring role models to all

Celebrating 20 years

The Lakes College is celebrating 20 years of academic excellence and community spirit in 2024.

“This is a really exciting moment in the school’s history to be a part of,” Nicole says.

“This year we will be undertaking several projects that will benefit our current and future students.

“In January we had a ground-breaking ceremony for our new learn to swim pool and grandstand, which will be another feature of our aquatic precinct and another great asset for the community to enjoy.

“We will also move onto the second stage of our multipurpose hall where we will build in the undercroft, incorporating a dedicated strength and conditioning gym, recording studios with control rooms, an amphitheatre, music rooms and additional dance and drama spaces for our performing arts department.”

A 20th anniversary dinner will be held in August for past and current parents, carers, staff, alumni and friends to come together for a night of nostalgia, laughter and celebration.

The Lakes College will also have an open day on Saturday, March 2. To register, click here


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