Mia wins leadership award

Frensham student recognised with award

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Frensham's 2017 head girl Mia Withers with vice head girl Natasha Long.

Frensham's 2017 head girl Mia Withers with vice head girl Natasha Long.

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Frensham head girl Mia Withers has been recognised with the Australian Defence Force’s Long Tan Leadership Award.

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Berrigan and Wagga Wagga resident Mia Withers cannot imagine the success she’s achieved without the boarding experience offered at Frensham, Mittagong. 

“Boarding gave me a sense of independence and responsibility that comes from living away from home, learning to make decisions, and contributing to the community,” Mia said.

Boarding gave me a sense of independence and responsibility that comes from living away from home, learning to make decisions, and contributing to the community. - MIA WITHERS

“I also really appreciated that every girl at Frensham is known as an individual and is supported academically and personally, every day of the week.” 

Mia recently completed Year 12 at Frensham, displaying her strong leadership skills as head girl.

An outstanding public speaker and demonstrated the range of her skills in the show cattle team, as a highly successful parader to Sydney Royal Show.

A full boarder from Years 7 to 12, Mia combined poise, strength of character and good humour in equal measure. She received the Australian Defence Force’s Long Tan Leadership Award, which recognises students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community. 

It is awarded to those who display strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and mateship.

Mia Withers (back row, far right) and the Frensham Show Cattle Team at the 2017 Sydney Royal Show.

Mia Withers (back row, far right) and the Frensham Show Cattle Team at the 2017 Sydney Royal Show.

Fittingly, the award’s values perfectly match those of Frensham, where the unselfish pursuit of excellence is embedded in the school’s character. 

Head of Frensham Julie Gillick said Mia was elected by students and staff as head girl of Frensham for 2017.

“She was extraordinary in terms of her leadership capacity and contribution,” Ms Gillick said. “All Year 12 students share leadership responsibility for the school, as elected prefects and as appointed heads and vice heads of activities.

“This experience can be life-changing for a senior girl, and girls are also encouraged to break new ground for the school.”

After a gap year in 2018, Mia will study at the University of Technology, Sydney. 

“I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life,” Mia said. “But, I will always be grateful to Frensham for allowing me to grow into the person I want to be.”

  • Visit frensham.nsw.edu.au
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