By Andrew Humphries
Tasmanian student Harry Birchmore’s outstanding leadership and compassion has been rewarded with a major prize.
The Scotch Oakburn College Year 10 student has been awarded the school’s Uniting Church Micah 6:8 Award.
The annual award recognises a student who has a focus on what is just and fair and shows neighbourly compassion, loyalty and love.
Director of Curriculum Years 6-12, Sarah Lillywhite, says Harry was a worthy winner of the award.
“As a senior student, Harry has volunteered extensively for service activities and programs within the college,” she says.
“Harry lives out the college values in all respects and has contributed to school life in a selfless manner.
“He is always thinking of others and looking out for those who may need some quiet support.”
Sarah says an example of Harry’s qualities was his outstanding leadership during the Year 3 Education Outdoors Program.
“The feedback from both staff and students on this program was that he exhibited leadership skills and excelled in promoting an inclusive and supportive environment for these young students,” she says.
Harry’s outstanding leadership was also recognised at an event helping Year 6 students from two other schools make the transition to high school.
“He exhibited a very patient and nurturing demeanour as he guided the Year 6 students through a range of challenges,” Sarah says.
Harry has also been heavily involved in organising many Year 10 activities this year, including the annual dinner.
“He initiated the logistics of this evening, including organising quotes and ensuring that all restrictions were being heeded, while ensuring a successful evening for students and staff,” Sarah says.