Student Leaders’ Message
IGS student leaders share their aspirations:
If you ask anyone for their opinion on the year just passed you’ll get variations on the general theme that it simply wasn’t good. 2016 was the year of Brexit and Trump, a year that was scattered with violence all over the world and saw the deaths of many adored icons. Now it feels like we are entering a new age of divisiveness and intolerance.
2017 presents us with a challenge. Barack Obama in his final speech as president said, “Understand, democracy does not require uniformity…democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity—the idea for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.”
Unity is something that we need more now than ever. However, to be united does not mean we have to be the same. IGS is a school that celebrates differences and encourages us to be unique. It is precisely in our outward differences and the things that make us unique that we find our unity here at IGS. As Head Boy, I encourage us all to look for ways to practise tolerance, overcome differences, celebrate the individual, and above all, look for the things that unite us in a time that seems like it is trying to divide us.
I want to reinforce the belief that not only can we make a difference in our school community, but that we can—and should—go out into the wider community and make it the kind of world we want to live in.
IGS Head Boy
I am very excited to be Head Girl for 2017! My aspirations focus on further strengthening IGS's position as both a global school and a local school.
A huge part of life at IGS is the focus on learning languages and celebrating other cultures, evident in the history of the School and the very reasons it was founded. With this global emphasis, I feel it is important to acknowledge that we are very fortunate within this world. IGS students should feel proud of their access to education and empowered to have a voice for other youth who don’t.
Another area of importance to me is that of the education of Aboriginal history. I believe that students have the right to be taught an Australian history that includes Aboriginal history. I would like to see more Aboriginal history taught in Stage 4 and 5. I think it is important for students to learn about pre-contact way of life, the government policies that promoted racism and division and the issues still facing the Indigenous population today. I believe it enables graduates of our school to responsibly form opinions and make choices regarding local and national issues having learnt a complete history of their own country.
Lastly, I aspire to work on initiatives that further the ecological sustainability of the School.
Frances “Pickle” Howe
IGS Head Girl