A Message from the STA Head Prefect
By Christian Potter '18
The seniors and C Formers have walked through the Cathedral, Headmaster Wilson has given his last opening day speech, the Upper School has sprinted through its first X-day, everyone is (hopefully) close to finalizing his schedule: the 2017-2018 school year has officially begun. That means we’re back in all our unique roles at STA and ready to make the most of them this year. So is the student council, and we are eager to get to work making STA an even better place.
What is that going to look like? Step one is to keep doing what you’re doing. When we talk about improving a place like STA, we mean taking a strong community that we all love and finding and fixing those small things that come up. It’s rather like washing the windows of the Empire State Building instead of building a new skyscraper. STA’s heartbeat is all the different things we do here every day, and there are no signs of any of us letting up.
But we still have to wash those windows, and that’s where the student council comes in. The senior prefects have devised the STAND Plan which is just an acronym for our common priorities this year. “S” is for “structure of Student Council,” and “T,” for “treasury.” This year, we hope to make internal improvements in the Student Council, including more active but responsible expenditures of funds, so that all our class representatives can do their jobs more effectively. “A” is for “activities and dances,” which means we firmly believe that the vast majority of Upper School students appreciate and deserve the privilege of a mixer. “N” is for “new cultural direction,” which sounds kind of radical, but really just means that we want to be the kind of community the headmaster compared to “city on a hill.” We hope to see a St. Albans at the end of the year that is even more honorable and compassionate than before. Brothers don’t put each other down with their words or their actions, and men of the future live honorably. Lastly, “D” is for, yes, “diversity.” We feel that too much of the student council’s time is devoted to an event that needs fixing, and we hope that sharing responsibility with other interest groups at STA will help do the fixing. We also strongly support a more service-oriented day so that we can act on and not just talk about issues.
It doesn’t end there. Those are some priorities of this year’s Student Council, but it’s the community as a whole that can make them matter. St. Albans has given each of us so much, and we’ll be proud to leave it at the end of the year just a little bit better than we found it.
9/11/2017 08:42:47 am
way to one up (more like ten up) me, Christian
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