Twins take on Captain roles
TWINS took power at Elanora State School on Monday.
Harry and Grace Bartlett, 12, began their roles as the school’s male and female captains, a culmination of their success at Elanora since they started there in pre-school.
Harry said he was looking forward to setting a good example to younger students.
“It’s very important to set a good example in both the classroom and the playground,” he said.
He added he enjoyed spending time with friends and playing sport.
“Representing the school is a great honour for me.”
Grace agreed being school captain meant leadership for those in grades below.
“The most challenging thing will be to speak well at, for example, the dawn service on Anzac Day.
“I enjoy public speaking, and also playing sport, hanging with friends and playing music.
“I’d like to be a vet; I love animals.”
The twins’ mum Helen Bartlett said she was very proud.
“I always knew they had leadership qualities,” Mrs Bartlett said.
“And being such a big school it’s an equally big challenge, but they’re looking forward to it and nothing really fazes them.”
Mrs Bartlett said they were not always necessarily the best of friends, being very individual, but were protective of each other.
“If you pick on one of them, you’ll definitely hear from the other,” she said.
Deputy Principal Pip Traucnieks said becoming school captain was a gruelling process, involving a shortlist voted by teachers, then an informal grilling by the Principal.
“I recognised their leadership qualities from an early age, so it wasn’t a surprise to me,” Ms Traucnieks said.
“They reflect the qualities of the school, they wear the uniform with pride, they’re exemplary students and I’ve no doubt both Grace and Harry are destined for big things.”