When prefects were first appointed at The Armidale School 120 years ago, few boys were keen to take up the office believing that elevating some students over others ran against the egalitarian ideals of Australian society.
But far from conflicting with these ideals, the system recognises that there is a role for senior in setting standards and examples for others, and particularly juniors, to follow, Headmaster Murray Guest told students and parents at an induction ceremony on Friday (17 October) for the incoming TAS prefects.
“Prefectship is not a prize for what a boy has done already, nor is it an attempt to offer a good experience to a student who might be in need of that. Rather, it is a call to serve the school community over the coming year. The call is to assist the direction of the School in maintaining its standards in all areas; supporting students and inspiring pride in the school through good example,” Mr Guest said.
“Above all, they have been called to join in our most important task – ensuring that every boy in this school is able to feel supported and is confident that his best efforts will be applauded and never derided,” he said.
Senior Prefect is Jack Bennett, a boarder from Hampden Hall near Kempsey, while there are two Deputy Senior Prefects this year – Nicholas Finney from Narrabri and Harry Wright of Armidale.
“I feel privileged and honoured to be put in this position, and am excited and looking forward to the year ahead,” Jack said. “I’ll be listening to as many voices as possible including the younger students, as well as working on further building school spirit here at TAS.”
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