Coolum State School: Student Talk

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School Captains Jeremy and Hamish.


The Advertiser was contacted by Coolum State School recently who wanted to run a story on their new school leaders. To our delight the students who are behind the new school magazine did the work for us and the students have provided the following article which is all about their 2024 leaders. Well done to the new crop of budding journos!  

THERE are some new leaders at Coolum State School this year who are ready to shine! They represent our whole school and particularly the areas of sport, music, the environment and even our Indigenous population. Several young journalists were eager to interview these leaders as part of their new role on the all-new school magazine team. Here is what they discovered when they made their investigations.  


Firstly, two of our illustrious School Leaders Jeremy and Hamish are both really keen to take on their new challenge and had much to say when questioned about their new role. Both agree that they can make this school a better place and create more school clean-up days. They both inspire their Prep buddies to face their fears and believe that no one is any better than anyone else. Jeremy and Hamish will be extremely busy this year with the school musical, the rock bands, AFL, cricket and swimming. When they leave school, both leaders want to either be a teacher or a professional sports player.  

Jeremy and Hamish say that the best things about this school are that there are a lot of good people, the ovals are great, and the community is wonderful. The school’s reputation is also fabulous and there are lots of good friends. Their advice to everyone is, “Face your fears and be kind to one another.” In this interviewer’s opinion, Jeremy and Hamish are fantastic leaders. They are funny, athletic and inspirational.  Finally, Hamish had some words of inspiration, “Work your heart out and never stop trying.”  


Our new Environmental Leaders, Asher and Neve have some grand plans to make the school more ‘eco-friendly’. They include putting solar panels in the school to power the aircon units, labelling the bins and having ‘no wrapper’ days. Neve says, “Since the age of six years I’ve been super involved in environmental awareness. I also love turtles and want to raise awareness of them.” Last Friday Asher and Neve organised a school clean-up day. They would like their fellow students to commit to doing more for our local environment and aim to help them to put rubbish in the correct bins. So far, both are loving their new roles.  


Sport is a huge part of Coolum State School. Many of our sixteen captains, representing the four Houses in the school were interviewed, and aspirations are very high this year.  

Abby fits the role of a Sports Captain perfectly by participating in netball, swimming, cheerleading and showing the leadership roles of remembering to serve at the sports equipment shed and cheering her House on at swimming carnivals and sports day.  

Another Sports Captain Olivia took on this role because she felt that a lot of people need encouragement, and she is good at that. Olivia has said that she has always loved sports and is very enthusiastic about it! She said that she will cheer her team on with anything that will make them try their best. Lastly, Olivia thinks that she will enjoy this role because it gives her joy to see other kids trying their best.  

The boy Sports Captains are also keen to lead with kindness, care and support for the younger students in the school. Sunny and Nash say that to be a good leader you need to demonstrate safety and respect as you teach and cheer on younger students to compete and have fun.  

Advice from another passionate captain was, “Always try hard and don’t give up because you don’t know what you’re good at.” Such inspiring words from our new leader.  


Our school is situated on Gubbi Gubbi land, and we are privileged to be Welcomed to Country at our weekly parades by Lyra, our Indigenous leader, who says, “I feel honoured to represent my indigenous elders.”  


Our newest Music Leaders were full of inspiration as well. Ivy chimed, “You get to be role models for younger students and it’s fun to sing with friends.” Stella is looking forward to representing the school in the Music Department, with its very busy program and Marley loves helping younger students with songs.  


Issy and Eadie are leading by example as the School Captains at Coolum State School. Photos: Contributed 

The final words come from our female School Leaders, Isabelle and Eadie, who have aspired to become leaders since Prep. They like to set examples for the younger ones by listening to them, looking for ways to improve the school and helping others. They now have the opportunity to demonstrate the traits that they have admired in the School Captains who led and inspired them to try out for this amazing opportunity that they have now. Our school is in great hands, don’t you think? 

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