This week we met Parramatta High School captains Ali Al-Zaridi and Pinar Akin and vice captains Nikil Sathyan and Meghna Alapatt.
What is unique about your school?
Nikil: The student-teacher relationship and also the support we get from them in terms of welfare.
Ali: Parramatta High School is very diverse and has a very multicultural environment. We are very tolerant and respect everyone's beliefs.
Meghna: The amount of fundraising we do for different organisations. We do a small part for the big world out there.
Pinar: It offers a wide variety of opportunities for people who want to develop their leadership skills.
What do you want to do when you leave school?
Nikil: I want to go to uni but I'm deciding which course. I have 4 in mind.
Ali: Hopefully get into uni. I'm steering myself towards something to do with humanity. Maybe law or medicine.
Meghna: Got to university and do a degree in business and international studies.
Pinar: I want to go to uni and study psychology and law.
Why do you think being a school leader is important?
Nikil: It's important because you gain qualities that will help you in the future.
Ali: Within every community we need someone to take initiative. We all need to be led into the right direction.
Meghna: People will trust us with the problems they are facing.
Pinar: At our age, being a leader gives us a sense of maturity and prepares us for the future.
If you were principal what would you introduce?
Nikil: More activities that involves all of the students. Like a fun day.
Ali: A welfare program called big brother big sister. Its where an older student looks out for a younger student. I'd also increase sporting activities.
Meghna: Drive the school to be more environmentally sustainable.
Pinar: I'd introduce a program that makes it compulsory to do community service. This will build a greater sense of belonging within the community.