Since starting at Fintona in Year 9, Marianna has engaged in a wide range of co-curricular activities on offer. Last year she was fortunate enough to act in the annual School play of ‘The Red Shoes’, participate in Tour mornings, and play netball for the School each Saturday morning. Additionally, she has enjoyed performing in the annual Cabaret concert, as well as participating in a variety of GSV sports including Swimming and AFL.
In Year 12, Marianna will be studying Mathematical Methods, English, French, Chemistry and Art. In Year 11 she completed Units 3/4 in both History Revolutions and Greek. It has always a dream of Marianna’s to study Medicine, and eventually specialise in paediatrics. She hopes to be accepted into Biomedicine at Melbourne University, and from there, go on to receive a Doctorate of Medicine.
“I believe that any leadership position is an opportunity for service. I am immensely grateful for the opportunities that Fintona has presented me with and being a Fintonian has filled me with pride. It is a community that has truly made me feel welcome, and during my time here has made me feel as though I am part of a family. I hope that through this leadership position I am able to do good things in service of this community and School,” said Marianna.
“I hope to make the students, teachers and members of the Fintona community proud; I hope to continue the work of the previous School Consuls in fostering a community which promotes compassion, respect, individuality and inclusion.”
Marianna believes the cornerstone qualities which leaders must embody are honesty, integrity, and resilience: every leader must be honest, accountable for their actions, and not be discouraged by hardship or failure. But most importantly, overarching all of these, there must be an approachability and a willingness to learn. “A leader will never have all the answers, nor should they be expected to. I think the true measure of a good leader is found in the way in which people in positions of leadership foster and encourage the creativity and successes of those around them,” said Marianna.