Student leaders pose for a photo with Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia after the July 12 ceremony.Student leaders pose for a photo with Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia after the July 12 ceremony.

Servant leaders “do not seek to stand out and be in the limelight” but “help their teams to grow, oftentimes in an unseen way”.

Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia gave these words of advice to 121 Catholic Junior College student leaders on July 12.

Speaking at the installation ceremony of the 39th Student Council and Student Leaders, he noted that “the true essence” of a leader is the person’s service to others. He also highlighted the example of King Solomon who asked for wisdom to make the right choices for his people.

Referring to Jesus exhorting His followers to be the light of the world and salt of the earth, Archbishop Chia said that just as salt, which enhances the taste of the food but is not seen, servant leaders “do not seek to stand out” but help others to grow, often “in an unseen way”.

The ceremony was especially significant as this was the last time Archbishop Chia was presiding over the annual event.

During the ceremony, the elected Student Councillors, JC1 House Captains, Home Tutorial Councillors, and the heads of all the co-curricular activities were officially commissioned to take up their term of office for the year 2013/14.

By Barry Chia

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