BUTLER College has grown eight-fold since it welcomed its first cohort of Year 8 students four years ago.
It started in 2013 with 276 students and now it has about 2000 spread across years 7 to 12, with those first students entering their final high school year.
The school’s milestone means it has appointed a head boy and head girl for the first time, with the positions going to Ridgewood’s Shaheen Subih and Alicia Moss.
The 17-year-olds both started at the school when it opened in 2013 and had plenty of praise for it.
“We have great teachers, great students and fantastic facilities,” Alicia said.
“Butler College is very inclusive; we celebrate differences.”
Shaheen said it was an honour to be a voice for fellow students as head boy.
“I’m looking forward to being a role model for younger students and representing Butler College at school and community events,” he said.
He has already made a mark in the local community in a band with his siblings, The Subih Brothers, and has performed at Anzac Day and music events.
Keen to develop her leadership skills, Alicia is the school’s athletics champion as well as winning drama and academic awards.
“I’m looking forward to the big events, like our inaugural school ball and the presentation night,” she said.
Foundation principal Armando Giglia said the choice was difficult given “an abundance” of potential candidates.
“Like so many others, these two foundation students have been unwavering in their attitude and commitment to upholding the college’s pillars of knowledge, integrity and respect,” he said.
“Shaheen and Alicia, however, came through because they demonstrated that they have the backing and respect of staff and students alike.
“Due to the constant friendly and positive approach they show to anything they do in the college, they have the ability and leadership qualities to bring people together.”
Mr Giglia said while the school had form class representatives, it had resisted having official student leaders until the first cohort reached Year 12.
“It is now appropriate to name our first college captains in the form of a head boy and head girl and their deputies, along with four other members who form a student representative council; and two house captains for each of our four houses,” he said.
“Our student body has grown from 276 in our first year to about 2000 today, so the young leaders who put their hands up for these roles certainly have their hands full.”