Simon left CBC seven years ago but he says the life lessons he learnt at the inner city college are still influencing him as he follows a career in medicine.
As the immediate past president of the Adelaide Medical Students’ Society, Simon has built on the leadership and advocacy skills he gained at CBC which is celebrating its 140th anniversary year.
“For me. CBC was very much a community…it was never just a place to come for lessons and go home, it was a place where I felt welcomed and supported by staff and my fellow students, somewhere I could learn, grow and explore the young man I was becoming,” he said.
While a close group of mates and some outstanding teachers had a strong influence on him, Simon says his passion for student leadership and social justice came from Passionist priest Fr Peter Gardiner.
“He truly knew how to connect and engage with young people, he helped them think about a world outside their own and how they can make a difference,” Simon said.
“My time at the college gave me the opportunity to lead through service, to find joy in making difference to others.
“From fundraiser BBQs to our Immersion to the Phillipines I learned to think about life outside my own circumstances and appreciate the privilege that I have, but also to think critically about how circumstances of privilege and injustice come about and what I can do as a leader to aid in the resolution of these issues.”
Adon agreed that the community aspect was one of the college’s strong points.
“I think we’re a very tight knit community and that is a real big part of who we are as a college,” he said.
“The Christian Brothers definitely still have a close connections with the school; being the founders and creators they hold a high level of importance to our college and the community, which we all appreciate.
“The Brothers are part of our continuing growth and rich history.”Jump to next article