We are proud to introduce Elwood College’s 2020 school captains - Neelu Sidhu and Duke Wilson. Both of these students exhibit qualities that represent both Elwood College’s values and their own personal beliefs in various aspects of the school.
Both students have shown great dedication in participation in extracurricular activities that continuously allow for development in aspects outside of academia. Neelu and Duke have taken part in an array of house events over the course of their time, contributing to Elwood’s strong sense of participation and drive to improve as people. Both have been members of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and Duke represented the school at VicSRC’s student congress which aims to make positive change in schools statewide through student activism. He has been a judge for the SRC’s organised Talent Night and utilised the artistic opportunities available at Elwood by participating in theatre sports and debating. The pair have continuously allowed for Elwood College to be a diversity celebrated school. This can be seen through Neelu’s participation in the model United Nations program and Duke’s role as an International Student Representative. Neelu has always involved herself enthusiastically in school activities - carnivals, school spec, represented her year on the SRC in year 8 and 10 and consistently applied herself academically gaining academic achievement awards. She’s driven to make the most of her opportunities at Elwood and is motivated by a compassion and empathy for others to make their school experience as engaging as possible too.
When asked what they love about Elwood College, Duke enjoys “the endless possibilities to expand and grow as an individual through the numerous extracurricular opportunities that are constantly pushing you outside of your comfort zone. Also the ability to create connections with varying groups of people, that may have never been established without Elwood’s strong sense of community.” Neelu is “committed to making a positive and meaningful contribution to the school community. In addition, making Elwood College a safe and encouraging environment where all students and teachers can enjoy themselves and thrive. "
One of the main objectives Duke and Neelu have is to increase interconnection between year levels through whole school activities. They want to celebrate the diversity that Elwood College has to offer and the individual attributes of every student.