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Principal Andy Müller (centre) with the College Co-Captains and Deputy Co-Captains Fergus Poynter, Sophie Jones, Charles Headlam and Meredith Hodson
2014 has been a wonderful year, filled with many new
challenges and opportunities.
Being the inaugural Co-Deputy Captains of the College,
we have been able to shape and develop the new role to best
support the Co-Captains and Student Executive. It has been
the perfect opportunity to trial ideas, some of which have come
to fruition, while those that didn’t were of no disadvantage to
us, as we still learnt a lot from the processes.
We found every bit of this year satisfying, especially the
more ‘behind the scenes’ work. The inaugural Tasmanian
Independent Schools Senior Student Conference was a great
chance for us to talk with other school leaders and get a better
understanding of the role of Deputy Captains. This knowledge
we hope to pass on to next year’s Co-Deputy Captains.
One of the most satisfying aspects of the year has been
interacting with the younger students. Whether it was at a
sports carnival or visiting a class at the Junior School we
always had great fun (it also brought back memories of our
‘good old days’)!
We would like to thank Sophie Jones and Charles Headlam
for being fantastic leaders and for always supporting us
throughout the year. Our team always worked well together
and achieved many of our goals. We would like to extend this
thanks to all of the senior staff, in particular Mrs Croft,
Mr Hassell and Mr Müller.
To all our peers, we would like to wish you all the best in
your future endeavours.
Meredith Hodson and Fergus Poynter
College Co-Deputy Captains
CO-DEPUTY CAPTAINS’ REPORT
2014 has been an amazing year full of exciting opportunities
and challenges. This year’s Student Executive was composed
of 22 students, and our Executive Retreat to the Valley Campus
kicked off the year. The retreat gave us time to set goals and
plan the year ahead. Our three major goals were to strengthen
cross-campus relationships, to give back to the wider
community, and to leave a lasting legacy.
Fundraising and volunteering made up a large portion of the
year’s activities. Pancake Day supported Uniting Care Tasmania,
while Giggle Day raised funds and awareness for Camp Quality.
Taco Tuesday was an initiative implemented in support of
the Encouragement House in Timor-Leste, while the tradition
of Clean Up Australia day was continued both internally and
We are very proud of the Student Executive’s willingness
to support the College in its various events, including at
the Annual College Dinner, the Annual College Production,
Scholarship Day, SingFest, AgFest, the Father’s Day Breakfast,
a Close the Gap Fundraiser and many, varied junior school
sporting and cultural events.
The Executive also keenly supported community events
including Anzac Day, Red Cross blood donating and various
community sports events including the Women’s 5km and the
The social event of the year was the highly anticipated
annual TCE College Ball, held for the first time at the Country
Club Casino, an appropriate venue for the night’s theme of
Casino Royale. The evening was a huge successs, with a live
band reclaiming the stage for the first time in many years. It
was a very memorable night and sincere thanks must go to the
ball committee, Mrs Teresa Darcy and the College’s Works and
This year, in partnership with the Co-Deputy Captains, we
proudly developed and hosted for the first time an initiative
called the Tasmanian Independent Schools Senior Student
Conference. Held in the Briggs House Dining Room, the day
saw student leaders from all over the state collaborating and
sharing ideas on leadership and how student leaders operated
in their respective schools. This was a huge logistical challenge
who would have thought arranging a conference was so
difficult – but the hard work definitely paid off in the end. We
truly hope to see this initiative continue well into the future, as
the experience was of great benefit for all involved.
The Robert Dean Senior Student Centre has provided a
wonderful atmosphere and home base for all senior students.
We wish to thank all of our TCE peers for making this year such
a brilliant one. Lunchtimes have always had an upbeat positive
vibe, with music pumping and a fantastic sense of support
The role of College Co-Captains has been extremely fulfilling
and exciting but also, at times, very demanding. It has been a
huge honour to lead the Student Executive and the College
this year, and has been an experience we shall never forget. The
challenge has been made much easier through the support and
help of many. We would especially like to thank the Student
Executive for their support, ideas and commitment to the
school. Our Co-Deputy Captains, Meredith Hodson and Fergus
Poynter, are also deserving of sincere thanks. Their role is a
new one for the College and they have exceeded expectations,
being not only great supporters of us but also brilliant friends.
We could not have had better Deputies.
We would like to thank both Mrs Croft and Mr Hassell for
their constant support throughout the year. Their guidance and
advice has been amazing and we cannot thank them enough
for all they have done. We would also particularly like to thank
Mr Müller who, in his first full year at the College, has done a
superb job of guiding the school and all its students, including
us and the Student Executive. With the numerous staff changes
and many ongoing projects, his ability to remain calm and
consistent has been fantastic. His open door policy has been
priceless in allowing great communication between staff and
We would like to wish all of the Year 12s all the very best
going forward into the future. To the student leaders of 2015,
best of luck in your endeavours and we both hope your year is
as rewarding as ours has been.
Charles Headlam and Sophie Jones
The 2014 Student Executive Back row: Luke Anthony, Meg Irvine, Samuel Clements, Charles Headlam, Sam Williams, Skye Ranicar, Joseph Dowsett. Middle row: Tarnith Kelly,
Mollie Allison, Meghan de Boer, James Larissey, Chester James-Smith, Meg Phillips, Frances Seen, Meredith Hodson. Front row: Kelsie Rainbow, Chloe Wilson, Fergus Poynter,
Sophie Jones, Alec Smith, Georgina Briggs, Ashley Daly.
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