'Lifted' leaders gather secondary school leaders from all diocesan schools at the start of each year to gather input and receive inspiration from Bishop Vincent, CEDP leadership and CYP (Catholic Youth Parramatta). This program acts as a precursor to the Breakfast with the Bishop - Student Leader Forum that takes place in Term 2 at Commbank Stadium, Parramatta. This 'Lifted' event connects young people, from across the Diocese, with similar leadership responsibilities and provides an opportunity for formation and group sharing and their team goals and strategies for their school.
St Agnes sent our 4 senior leaders, the School Captains Abhishek Maharaj and Julia Freeman, and our Senior SRC and Diversity Leaders, Emma Johnston and Aiden Priestley. Their key take-aways from their leaders event are:
Last Thursday, 24th February, the leaders of St Agnes, Abhishek, Aiden, Emma and I were invited to attend Lifted Leaders at West HQ. This was an amazing opportunity for us to get to know leaders of other schools in the Parramatta Diocese, as well as to learn more about ourselves as leaders within the Catholic community. Bishop Vincent provided us with additional knowledge into our faith and how we as leaders can implement aspects of our beliefs, morals and values into our leadership roles. We were able to receive ideas from other leaders, share our vision for our school, as well as share the ways in which we wish to assist our school in the coming terms in 2022. This event allowed myself as a leader to dig deeper into my personal reasons for becoming a leader and share my ideas that I am willing to pursue at St Agnes. It was incredible to meet the leaders of other schools which share the same values as our own. A lot of students shared their perspectives on our Catholic community today and allowed us to connect with them on the common ground of our faith.
My experience at the Lifted Leaders Day at WestHQ was very pleasant and informative. We had the privilege of interacting with student leaders from across the Diocese and communicating our pathways to leadership, our goals, and passions for leadership through catholic faith. We did a variety of hands-on and collaborative activities that allowed us to further understand our Catholic religion and the best ways to develop and better our school communities. I learnt about the importance of our role and the impact it has on not only our school community but the different aspects of our lives and its ability to affect our futures positively.
The lifted leaders event was an eye opener, as well as an event to listen to other people ideas so we can change and incorporate the ideas into our school to make the school a better place. Some objectives I heard from the other leaders were amazing and it is my wish to incorporate these ideas into the school, for a fun learning space about God. It was also the time to reflect on ourselves to see what we can do to improve our leadership skills and qualities. The event also let us reflect on God and why he chose us for this path and his plans for us in the future.
Hi, my name is Abhishek Maharaj and my experience of Lifted Life was to say the least, monumental. Individually I walked into this experience with an open mind, to learn about the common faith as a community, to meet leaders from other Catholic Diocese schools, to learn further about our faith and implement our faith together. Walking out of this event, I learned about expressing our faith collectively through an establishment in connection with leaders of other catholic schools. In turn, this resulted in personally learning about new and upcoming ideas to help develop and strengthen our Franciscan Community. The leaders of each school correlated with the Parramatta Diocese and were able to influence achievable ideas to me and my fellow peers to strengthen our school community and to build relationships to truly understand how the catholic faith is expressed through each school and what each leader does to strengthen the community. This experience influenced me to self-reflect more often, reflect on my contribution to the school, what I'm doing for the community and what I need to do more to be better. The Lifted Live experience was humbling and truly opened my understanding of how our catholic faith can be implemented through school in simplistic ways, to strengthen our community, and what the leaders can do to represent and act as a model to all ages.