We invite you to find out a little more about the day-to-day life of a Senior Secondary student in the students' own words, as they reflect on life at CHAC in 2016.

In the words of the 2016 College Captains:

During our final year of schooling, we have grown as a cohort into a group of remarkably capable and unique individuals. Alongside the College theme of ‘Engage. Enjoy. Excel’, we established our own student theme of ‘Triumph through Teamwork’, which served as a guide for our endeavours throughout this year. We believed that a strong focus on teamwork and initiative would not only be important to us as a Captaincy team, but to the student body as a whole.

One of our first initiatives in order to develop these ideas was to restructure the Student Council. By having a greater focus on agenda items and encouraging input from those across all year levels, meetings were run more efficiently with a better identification of what the student body wanted to achieve. This was particularly rewarding for us as Captains; it fostered teamwork between year levels while also giving many younger students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. We leave the College with no doubt that the future of student leadership at CHAC is in very capable hands.

As College Captains, it was of utmost importance that we also focus on the wellbeing of students as it is often the small things that can make the biggest difference. This involved the continuation of CHACtastic awards in order to take the time to appreciate the selfless actions of others, as well as the creation of our comedic Assembly videos, which provided students with advice in a humorous light about overcoming challenges. The combination of these, along with events such as The Wetlands Festival and the Senior Formal, made 2016 a truly unforgettable year.

As the year begins to wrap up, we inevitably look back over the many memories and events that have formed 2016. The Seniors have taken it upon themselves to form the basis for a special year, exercising compassion, cooperation and creativity in all facets of their interactions. With a flow on effect to all year levels, this year has truly been one to remember. From incredible academic achievements to charity work to weekly Assembly performances, the talent and community spirit never ceases to amaze and inspire. It is this sense of community and togetherness that will be sorely missed as we make our final farewells, although we take solace in the knowledge that our connections to our peers, teachers and staff members will continue well into the future in the true CHAC spirit.

The success we have enjoyed and the memories that have defined our Senior year and time at CHAC, could never have transpired if it were not for the help and dedication of the network of truly amazing individuals around us. We would like to thank: Principal Mrs Robyn Bell for the wonderful opportunities that have been afforded to us; the Senior Leadership Team, Campus Ministry, our Heads of House, Homeroom and classroom teachers over the years; staff members across all departments; and parents whose support and encouragement of our entire cohort has been invaluable throughout our Senior school journey. The treasured relationships many of us have formed with individual members of this community have taught us lessons we will take beyond the classroom, into the new adventures, big or small, that we may embark upon. We would like to take this opportunity to express our immense gratitude to you for sticking with us through thick and thin.

To our peers, we would like to leave you with the inspiring words of Neil Gaiman: "Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”

William, Aleisha, Ailish and Joel
College Captains 2016