College Captain

Natalia Burgess

Being elected as one of the College Captains for 2020 is not only a huge honour, but my biggest pleasure. I am privileged to work alongside all of my teachers, peers and the College community to make Scots All Saints College the best it can be. Living the core values of Scots All Saints CollegeKnowledge, Respect, Faith, Compassion – has acted as a personal driver for me. Throughout my 12 years at the College, I have learnt that cultural and community harmony does not come about organically. It comes about through a sense of collective responsibility, reflectivity, dialogue and accountability. Our community harmony is related to the way we all love, laugh, cry and seek dignity in our lives. Unity is our strength.

I try to involve myself with the community as much as possible to help it be the best it can be. I have been involved with the Bathurst Regional Youth Council since 2018 and I have been elected as the Youth Deputy Mayor for 2019/20. This is a role that comes with a lot of responsibilities working alongside the Bathurst Youth Mayor, Youth Development & Community Events Officer, Community Development Team Leader and the 12 other Youth Councillors to voice the concerns for the youth of the community. Together we plan and host events including YJAM (a music event to acknowledge and listen to the bright stars of the Bathurst musical community), Food & Flix (an outdoor cinema event) and some How-To-Adult workshops we run at TAFE for Year 10/11 students to help them develop skills for future independent living.

I also undertake a number of other roles like assisting with tasks and supporting the Youth Mayor, chairing meetings, representing and speaking for the Youth Council at community functions, events and meetings, and the most importantly – ensuring all Youth Councillors and the rest of the young people of the Bathurst Region have an opportunity to voice their opinion. I am an advocate for giving young people a platform for which they can speak for themselves, voice their concerns and communicate with others effectively.

I have actively participated in the community through the 2BS Christmas Miracle Appeal for the past 9 years, Relay for Life, Operation Christmas Child, ANZAC Parades, volunteering at the Bathurst Eisteddfod and I have organised school fundraisers for Ronald McDonald House. In Year 11 and Year 12, the Student Leadership Team sold carnations for Valentine’s Day where students and teachers were able to buy them for their loved ones. This fundraiser held in Middle School at the All Campus Year 8 students. We raised over $800 for Ronald McDonald in the past 2 years due to the overwhelming support of the College community.

I have been announced as the Jack Aubin Young Citizen of the Year Award 2020 for Bathurst and was the Bathurst Rotary Youth of the Month for August 2019. I have also been involved in the past with the Lions Youth of the Year (YOTY) Quest.

I have also recently graduated with distinction (96/100 A+ Honours) for my IMEB Speech and Drama Licentiate Teachers Diploma, where I can now own, operate and teach at my own Speech and Drama studio, graduating later in the year at the APGS (Australian Performing Arts Grammar School). Now that I am a teacher, I am excited to help other students find their talents, as well as to develop their confidence and other speech and drama skills.

I am so fortunate to be supported by such a wonderful community where I am able to undertake any endeavour I choose, knowing I have the support, encouragement and guidance of the College community. My family is my biggest support system, and I always look up to them. My mother is the perfect example of a strong, caring, independent woman, always telling me that helping others is the best gift you can give. It can be as simple as just being kind, for kindness can change the world.

I wholeheartedly believe that the youth of today is our country tomorrow. This is why we need to learn, dream, act with enthusiasm, optimism and admiration. A true leader will never be afraid to reach for the stars.

If you can work hard and you set your goals, you can achieve anything. It doesn’t matter what colour your skin is, or how tall you are, what size you are or where you come from. All it takes is for one person to speak up for what they believe in, and to empower others to do the same.

Natalia Burgess

College Captain

“I am passionate about providing a voice for others, Bathurst (my home), speech and drama, my school and giving back to the community.”