IGS appoints first Indigenous scholar Head Girl

International Grammar School (IGS) has announced the appointment of Indigenous scholar Mi-kaisha Masella as 2018 Head Girl, and multilingual rock and roll enthusiast Lukian Adams as Head Boy.

Mi-kaisha, a proud Dharumbal Murri performer and songwriter, is among 20 Indigenous scholars at the independent, secular, coeducational and bilingual school based in Ultimo, near the University of Sydney, UTS and Notre Dame.

“Mi-kaisha is an outstanding young woman whose leadership qualities and awe-inspiring talents are appreciated by all at our school and in the wider community,” said IGS Principal Shauna Colnan. “I am excited to see Mi-kaisha make her mark on our school as Head Girl 2018.”

Mi-kaisha made headlines in 2016 opening NAIDOC Week celebrations in Hyde Park, Sydney. Mi-kaisha, who has been at IGS since Kindergarten, performed one of her own compositions, Tell me why, about breaking down stereotypes, during IGS Speech Night celebrations at the State Theatre, just before her appointment was announced.

Mi-kaisha, 17, will lead the school student body with IGS 2018 Head Boy Lukian Adams. The audience of parents, students and staff erupted into cheers at the announcement of both student leaders.

“I am an example of when equal opportunities are given to Aboriginal kids,” Mi-kaisha said. “When there is an environment of the same expectation of Indigenous students as that of non-Indigenous students, we can achieve amazing things and tear down countless barriers.”

Lukian started at IGS in Preschool, aged three and speaking Ukrainian, and is now fluent in English, Italian and Spanish. A guitarist, he is passionate about drama and music, particularly rock and roll.

IGS is an independent, secular, Preschool to Year 12 co-educational school established in 1984 with the motto Concordia per Diversitatem, Unity in Diversity. A leading languages school in Australia, it immerses students in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and English classes from Preschool until Year 7, when Spanish is added to the options.