Posted on March 10, 2020
“Don’t fear failure” is the advice St Ursula’s College Captain Bianca Stanghieri gave aspiring school leaders in a recent interview:
What do you like to do outside of school?
I enjoy netball and taekwondo (I hold a national and an international title). I volunteer with disadvantaged youth through the Edmund Rice Centre and I’m a part time sales assistant at Myer.
Why did you want to be College Captain?
I knew the role would let me use my skills and strengths to serve our community. My involvement in the spiritual, educational and sporting aspects of College life during my schooling has given me a broad understanding of our school.
What is the best part of the role?
I love working on College initiatives with our amazing leadership team, including our Year 7 to 12 leaders and House Captains.
What is your favourite thing about St Ursula’s?
I receive so much more than a formal education at my school. St Ursula’s goes beyond the curriculum and offers a wide range of opportunities that help me build on my strengths. This includes the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program, numerous sporting opportunities and various public speaking and debating competitions.
I also love that my education encompasses my Catholic faith; inspiring me to follow in the steps of our patroness, St Angela Merici. I receive so many opportunities to live out my faith, through social justice activities such as One Meal and regular attendance at Friday morning Mass.
What leadership roles have you held in the past that now help you as College Captain?
I’ve been a St George Netball Representative Captain and a netball umpiring mentor. As an assistant instructor at taekwondo school and a community volunteer, I have also learnt valuable skills that have contributed to my leadership development.
How do our Ursuline values influence the way you do this job?
The Ursuline values influence my leadership and are a vital part of my ability to serve the College community. The values of Accept, Respect, Unite, Act, Empower and Serve, are ones I live out every day and give me a great framework to reflect on my leadership.
What do you hope to achieve for our College as College Captain?
Our entire leadership team has committed to achieving a positive impact on the future of the College and inspiring St Ursula’s students to be leaders of the future. This comes in a variety of forms which we will be implementing throughout the year, across the entire life at the College, as we ‘Together, Take A Chance’.
Is leadership something only a select few can do?
There is a common misconception that to be a leader you need to have the loudest voice. However, at St Ursula’s, I have learnt the Ursuline leadership approach, with an emphasis on serving the community. Ursuline leadership is something every student can do, by using the gifts and talents bestowed on them by God, in the service of our community.
What is your best tip for someone who needs to perform a leadership role – like public speaking – and is battling shyness?
The most valuable thing is to come to terms with the fact that nothing is ever perfect. You might not pronounce a word right, you stumble a little, or even forget a paragraph – but the main thing is to persevere. Keep trying and working towards your goal and don’t fear failure. All you have to do is ‘Take a chance’!
What do you want to do after school?
I would like to study information technology at university, to become a project manager or work in social media/digital marketing. I also aspire to travel and compete internationally in taekwondo.