School Leaders Featured in Local News

Community Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022

Our Secondary School Captains, Maeve Johnson and Eugene de Kock were invited by the Central Coast Express Advocate to participate in a feature on local student leaders. Both Maeve and Eugene shared their passion for leadership, their motivation for stepping into a leadership role and some of their plans for 2022.

What are your plans for 2022, both personally and as a leader?

Maeve: My plan for 2022 is to enjoy my final year at school. While trying to achieve my best academically, I also plan to balance my social life and strive to be the best school captain I can be. I want to make a difference in my school community by being an upstanding school captain.

As school captains of Central Coast Adventist School, our goal is to connect our school community. We have created a theme for 2022 that reflects our school values and highlights our goal for the year. Our theme is “Unlocked”, reflecting on the current world situation. As we have spent the past two years in ‘lockdown’, we plan for 2022 to be the year of being ‘unlocked’ and reconnecting our school community. 

Our theme has three main focus points:

  • Community - where we strive to enhance our collective school community by providing opportunities where the whole school can interact with each other. 
  • Faith - Aligning with our schools Christianity we hope to allow our school community to unlock a relationship with their spirituality. 
  • And finally, potential - where we want to encourage our school community to fulfil their potential. 

We plan to be model leaders throughout the year by encouraging our school community to thrive together as a collective through our theme.

Eugene: My plan for 2022 is to make the most out of my final school year, doing the best I can in all subjects, enjoying every moment with school friends and as school captain, leading to the best of my abilities and making 2022 a year to remember. 

As school captains of 2022, we plan to represent the school values and bring our values to build and grow the students' school lives at CCAS. Lockdown has taken a toll on our school community, and many students have struggled with coming back to the idea of community between seniors and juniors. As captains, we strive to reconnect the school community and build relationships between senior and junior students. 

We aim to inspire and encourage students to UNLOCK their potential in whatever they do. Here at Central Coast Adventist School, we strive to provide opportunities for students to explore and grow their faith in God.

Why did you put your hand up to be a leader, and what do you hope to achieve?

Maeve: I want to be a leader as my values align with the schools. I enjoy the responsibility, and I like that I can make a difference for the better within our school. I feel a sense of pride when I see our school succeeding and feel fortunate that I get to be a part of this. I am passionate about our school and want to reflect this passion and contribute to its culture. 

I hope to achieve a year of success by encouraging and strengthening our school community. After two long years of separation due to the pandemic, I want to use my year in leadership to create a school culture that will last beyond this year and leave a positive legacy on the school that will be cherished. I am eager for the year ahead. 

Eugene: I have been a Central Coast Adventist School student for 13 years and have seen it grow immensely. I recall wanting to become a school leader in primary school, and I was blessed with the opportunity of becoming the sports captain for my house, which allowed me to lead others in sporting events. 

Entering high school, I watched both my brothers lead the school with a positive attitude, which impacted school life, and this encouraged me to follow in their footsteps and add my unique stamp onto the school to inspire others like me.  

The Student Council has decided that our theme this year is UNLOCKED. After almost two years of being ‘locked-up’ and missing out on face to face learning and everyday school activities, we aim to see that every student ‘unlocks’ their full potential in 2022. 

Our three key focus points this year are:

  • Community
  • Potential
  • Faith

These points are our guidelines for creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone who attends Central Coast Adventist School. 

Community is about bringing everyone closer together.

Potential allows students to step out of their comfort zone and express themselves.

Faith is about allowing students to grow in their journey towards God.

Photo credits: Graeme Harris

Source: Killman, F 2022, ‘Central Coast 2022 student leaders speak out on their vision for the future’, Daily Telegraph, 23 February, accessed 23 February 2022, <>

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