Meet Brooke Sice, St Mary’s College Deputy Head Prefect and Prefect for Wellbeing.
What are you most looking forward to this year at St Mary’s College?
This is an exciting year for all Year 12s. I love the traditions that we have as a year group, such as the leavers’ assembly, the common room party and graduation mass, to name a few. I have witnessed these events throughout my years at SMC and am excited to be the one now participating in them.
As Deputy Prefect and Prefect for Wellbeing, how do you hope to serve the SMC community?
As a Prefect, I hope that I can bring awareness around SMC to many different aspects of both physical and mental wellbeing in order to motivate the younger grades to advocate for themselves as they grow up. I aim to be an approachable and kind person, and I encourage others around the school to come to me if they need some extra support with their school life, or just day-to-day problems.
What advice would you give students thinking about applying for a leadership position in the future?
I encourage students to put themselves forward for leadership roles as it is a great way to build up confidence and courage within yourself. I think all current Prefects would have said, ‘I probably won’t get one’ at least once throughout the process, but this just proves that you might surprise yourself. Becoming a leader within St Mary’s allows you to not only voice your concerns but also gives you the power to speak up for others within our school community. Although while saying this, it is always important to remember that leadership title or not, everyone within the school is entitled to express their ideas and/or concerns.
How would you like to be remembered after graduating from the College?
I think it’s important to be remembered as a fun and engaged person. This can be achieved through doing lots of different sporting or academic activities within the school, or even just as simple as connecting with different people and years in your Homeroom. Engaging yourself in aspects of school life like these allows you to create meaningful bonds and skills that you can develop and expand on after graduating.
What are your plans after Year 12?
Like so many of my peers, I don’t have definitive plans for my life after St Mary’s. I plan to go to university in 2024 but am not sure what I am looking to study yet. In a few years’ time, I would love to travel around Europe with my friends as it has always been my aspiration to do so. Currently I am just focusing on my grades/studies and trying to make the most of the time I have left at St Mary’s.
What’s on your weekly timetable?
Being in Year 12, there is a lot of work and study needed to achieve your goal results. On top of homework, it is always a good idea to review past notes and classes in order to stay on top of things. While study and education are the main aspects of school, having a healthy social life is also important, whether that be your weekly soccer match or just making time to go somewhere after school with your friends.
Who or what inspires you?
My parents and older siblings are huge inspirations to me as they have always shown me love and support no matter what. My friends also inspire me, and I think it is so important to surround yourself with people who encourage you and want you to succeed. My main school inspirations are the teachers. It is extremely noticeable and makes such a big difference to have teachers that care about you. Having supportive teachers encourages you to push yourself even harder.
What’s your ‘word of the year’?
I would choose ‘relationships’ as my word of the year. This year is significant for all Year 12s/leavers. Being in Year 11 or 12 is a different atmosphere compared to past years and the friendships/relationships that you develop during this time are so important for your years after schooling. It can be a scary thought knowing that next year you won’t automatically see your friends every day and that some might even move away. This is why it’s so important to create strong bonds with the people around you now.