Mt Maria Year 12 Student leaders were invited to the Gaythorne RSL yesterday (Wednesday 27th of February) for a tour and lunch. The focus of the visit was a presentation from Warrant Officer Class 1 Virginia Andrews who is the RSM at 7 Combat Support Battalion. Andrews is one of only a handful of women who have been assigned this position in the Australian Army. She spoke about her views on leadership and how she became a successful solider. The benefits of hard work, sacrifice and teamwork were also explored. Virginia spoke about the importance of mindful actions when in leadership positions, something our leaders took to heart as they are keenly watched as role models for younger students.
Assistant Principal Pastoral, Mr Michael Crank, said that the students gained an enormous amount from Virginia's wise words.
The students were also shown a wide range of memorabilia and learned about the welfare and community work the RSL does. This outreach and advocacy work for serving or former ADF families is a major part of the RSL's reason for existence. The services they provide directly support the Mt Maria Community.
Thank you to Gaythorne RSL Director David Weale for this invaluable opportunity for our students.