Student Leadership

Dandenong High School values Student Leadership and is committed to creating an environment in which the student voice is genuinely acknowledged, nurtured, celebrated and one that ultimately affects positive change within the school community. Our Student Leaders, including the School Captains, Vice Captains, SRC Presidents, House Captains and Student Representative Council act with integrity, compassion and exemplify excellence in every endeavor. They are responsible for identifying, implementing and evaluating whole school initiatives that allow students to feel respected, empowered and highly involved in the decision making process.

School Captains

Abas Hassani on left Nishadi Wathiyage on right
Abas Hassani

It is my absolute honour to serve as your School Captain for 2020. This incredible opportunity has given me space to grow and has challenged me to discover my capabilities. Throughout my Captaincy, I aim to encourage you to challenge yourself and to support you in being the brilliant individuals that you are.

2020 is the year of action at Dandenong High School. As we step into the second century of this astounding school, I look forward to the challenges and opportunities this year will bring. I am eager to work with this year’s extraordinary team of Student Leaders to put the school’s ideologies in effect by creating an environment where students are motivated, encouraged and empowered to become architects of their own destiny. I believe that we are all leaders and together we can build a future where diversity is celebrated and equality is valued.

Nishadi Wathiyage

I consider it a great honour to represent you as one of your School Captains for 2020. I look forward to working with my fellow student leaders, the Executive Leadership Team, and the entire school community, to promote the continuance of a safe and happy learning environment for all of you.

Alongside the Student Leadership Team, I have been given the opportunity to guide you through this year in your high schooling journey, to support you in taking hold of opportunities and fulfilling your aspirations. To make this chapter in your lives the best it can possibly be, I encourage you to reflect on how each step of your schooling journey provides you with something new, something challenging and something rewarding.

Every individual has the potential to accomplish their personal goals. Throughout this year, I aim to support each and every one of you to recognise your true potential and to strive for your own success.

Vice School Captains

Mrigaendran Muralidharan on left Nadine Medina on right
Mrigaendran Muralidharan

I am honoured to be a 2020 Vice School Captain of Dandenong High School. As part of my role, I want to encourage everyone to give fully to the school to make it a better place for all of us. Every year goes by quickly, so why not make the most of it together? I will act as your representative and advocate to help make your dreams come true. Everything requires hard work and dedication and I am willing to give 110% to make Dandenong High a fun and extraordinary place of learning, where each and every student feels safe and valued. Nadine and I are open for any ideas or suggestions so feel free to approach us whenever you need or want something. After all, that’s what makes a school a family.

Nadine Medina

2020 is the year to immerse ourselves in our school community and to understand the role that we play in shaping our Dandenong High School family. This year marks the time for us to engage in every opportunity that is made available to us. I am eager to learn more about the wonderful individuals that represent the faces of our diverse community so please introduce yourself if you see me in the courtyard or in Fern House. Always remember that: “Your future hasn’t been written yet – no-one’s has – your future is what you make of it, so make it a good one!”

Student Representative Council Presidents

Elham Amiri on left Winley Hsu on right
Elham Amiri

We are starting the new century with a positive mindset, and as one of your SRC Presidents, I will make sure that every student feels involved, motivated and happy at Dandenong High School. A leadership position at Dandenong High School comes with great responsibility but also huge privilege, with high standards to fulfil and maintain. I’ve made mistakes and never considered myself as the perfect role model but this school has empowered me to grow and to reach my potential.

As your SRC President, I will work hard to make sure that each of you have the same opportunities that I had, in an environment where you take your education into your own hands and learn your way. I encourage all of you to believe in yourself, to live every day to the fullest. Because time flies and you must make sure you make the most of your opportunities, try new things, and step out of your comfort zone. And always remember: “If it doesn’t challenge, you it won’t change you.”

Winley Hsu

Dandenong High School is a place where all students are empowered and every person is the architect of their own destiny. High school is the time of our lives for growth and striving for excellence, and we do so together as one. With you, my peers, teachers, and the Principal Class, the Student Representative Council for 2020 will make this a year of student agency, leadership and voice. I urge every individual to savour every moment and spare no effort for success the year ahead!