Good morning year 5 students my name is Brigitte Coulsell and I am going to persuade you to give me the opportunity to be Moonee Ponds Primary’s school captain for 2014. My sister, Hannah Coulsell, came to this school in 2008 and the second she moved she was a happier and brighter young lady. I moved to Moonee Ponds in 2009 as my family had explained that it was a terrific school. Getting school captain would be a great and amazing experience because I know it sounds pretty cheesy but I have been planning this in my head since I was only a little girl.
I am always open to new learning experiences for example I was chosen to audition for a solo in the Australian Girls’ Choir and some of the skills they were looking for were someone who would listen and cooperate with the teachers and someone who was very organised to make it to all six compulsory rehearsals and happily and confidently speak in front of a crowd of 1000 people. I was happily chosen to be one of the very lucky girls to achieve this dream. I was also selected for a Leadership course with G.A.T.E.W.A.Y.S. At G.A.T.E.W.A.Y.S I learnt lots of organisational skills and was given lots of sheets to help improve my organisation ways. I have taken a lot away from that course and I felt like I learnt a lot more organisational skills than I knew before I went to G.A.T.E.W.A.Y.S.
I have worked with many different people in many different roles. My mother, Tracey Coulsell, has recently started a new career in aged care. I plan to do community work at Dorothy Impey Home through doing activities with the residents e.g. reading to them and chatting with them. I have already been to Dorothy Impey Home twice and made many new friends with most of the residents. Glenda, myself and the other quirky residents always hangout in the loungeroom playing cards or reading and sometimes I jump on the pianola and burst out some tunes but only when they want me to. I also spend quite a lot of time at my aunty’s house in Glen Waverley. Every time I go there I am happily joined by Max . Max is a thirty five year old man who is very disabled. I always love going to Aunty Trina’s house because Max and I always go for walks around the streets and have slight conversations about what has been going on in his life recently. Finally there is my little cousin Alexandria. Little Alex is a four year old who I love spending time with. Whenever we see each other she comes running over and we always spend time playing and sometimes we even work on our alphabet. I have recently taught her how to pronounce W, X, Yand Z
I have also been doing Calisthenics for ten years and we do six competitions every year. One of the requirements of calisthenics is always being ready to go on stage when the judges are ready for you. To be able to meet this requirement we have to have our mind set on our routine that we are performing. We also need to make sure that our team can rely on each of us us to be able to remember the choreography that we have been set. This year I was fortunate enough to get to be a leader. A leader is someone who stands at the very front of the stage and the rest of the team are able to copy if there are any mishaps whilst preforming. I have also done the gutsy challenge. The gutsy challenge is a challenge was you have to eat a certain amount of fruit and vegetables to raise money for cancer. I raised a total of $150 dollars for cancer. Being obligated to achieving this goal means that you have to be very organised and have very good time management skills to fit the amount of calcium into your daily routine.
Finally being school captain would improve me because it would really help me mature from a young girl to young lady as it gives me the chance to work with more people and more ideas than ever before. It would give me the confidence to show people that I have more to me than what you see at a first glance by giving me the opportunity to build my leadership ways but also show the leadership skills that I already have.
In conclusion I hope I have persuaded you to give me the opportunity to be Moonee Ponds Primary’s school captain for 2014 and most importantly I hope you have enjoyed my speech. Thank you for listening.
“What things have you done in the past that would help you in this role?”
I have been involved in many different roles and leadership states including being part of the Australian girls’ choir. I recently was given a solo this solo meant that I had to confidently sing in front of 1000 people. Being able to complete this task meant that I had to be able to make it to all six compulsory rehearsals and manage my time wisely. To be able to manage my time I had keep a timetable to make sure that I was always there to do what I have to do. Another example of leadership and time management was when I went and visited Dorothy Imply Home. To make sure I was always available to visit my friends I had to again keep a time table.
“How do you see the values of our school incorporated into how you will do this job?”
I would make sure that all the students, teachers and parents in our community are involved in organising fundraisers and activities. It is important that nobody is left out and segregated. We need to work as a community. I am a very caring Pearson and I would respect other people’s opinions and ideas. I would try to lead an example and, hopefully, others would follow by being respectful to each other. Everyone has a voice and a right to be heard and listed to.
” Why do you think the job of school captain is important to our school and to you personally?”
The role of being a school captain for me would be a great honour to represent MPPS. It is important for the school to have a captain to highlight to visitors the great values of our school. A captain is one who leads by example and is willing to try to improve procedures and ways. I feel I would learn a lot if I was given the opportunity to represent MPPS and would pass these qualities on to the school captains the following year.