Interview with our School Captain

Name – Cooper Denny
Title – School Captain Western Campus
Program – Rowville General Excellence

1. As school captain, what are you most excited about this year?

I am looking forward to developing my leadership skills, as well as working in partnership with the teachers, the principal team, the other captains and various others to organise exciting things throughout the year. I am also excited for the challenges that may come with the role. I will strive to tackle them head on to hopefully make it a fun and rewarding experience.

2. What do you love about Rowville Secondary College?

I love RSC’s motto of being a ‘strength-based school’, and I believe this is what sets our college apart from neighbouring schools. No matter what interests you or what career path you are set on, RSC will accommodate you. There are 4 education programs tailored to students’ interests and strengths, as well as multiple pathways being available for senior students, such as VCE, SBAT and VCAL. Other opportunities, for example performing in the annual school production, joining the school band, participating in interschool sport and applying for leadership positions also allow RSC students to find their passion and develop valuable skills.

3. What changes would you like to put in place to make RSC better for all students?

  • Have a student-centred approach to decision-making, whether or not they hold an official leadership title. This can be achieved by conducting regular surveys during Learning Mentor and Connect Ed sessions about ideas and concepts that could be implemented, and then using this feedback to make informed and calculated decisions.
  • Implement a fairer and more flexible uniform policy.
  • Organise more house competitions, activities and initiatives for students to be involved in.

4. How do you feel about this year’s school theme ‘Respect’ – what do you think you will do day-to-day to action this?

I think that the theme of respect is fantastic, and will hopefully create an environment where all people in the RSC community hold deep regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.

To drive a respectful culture amongst the college, it starts with my own actions. If I want others to show respect, I must lead the way. As college captain, I have a responsibility to conduct myself in an appropriate and confident manner, treat people with kindness, and listen to and value the thoughts of others. These day-to-day actions throughout 2020 will hopefully encourage others to behave in a similar way.