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“There is no destination as a leader, we are all humans and make mistakes”
On Wednesday 26 July 2017, Xavier College was honoured to welcome His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. During his visit to the College, he spoke with students from all three campuses, parents and members of our wider community, about the importance of leadership.
“I vicariously feel that I am connected to this school and love any journey back here”
During his visit, Sir Peter highlighted his strong family connection with Xavier, with his father and uncle both attending the College for several years. Furthermore, he also paid respect to Old Xaverian Marcus Case (OX 2001) who died in Afghanistan in 2011 whilst serving his country in the Australian Defence Force.
His visit began with an address, attended by many of our student leaders from across the three campuses, which included questions from several students about his time as a leader of the Australian Defence Force and his current role as Governor-General.
Sir Peter looking at the WWII Roll of Honour where
his uncle's name is listed amongst the fallen
Sir Peter also visited a Senior Rugby training session and presented the Marcus Case Medal to two students who were recently selected to play at the state level. Rugby is a sport with which he shares a deep passion and connection.
The day concluded with the Ignatius Education Fund Dinner which was organised by the College Fathers’ Associations with the theme of ‘Leadership – Inspiring Excellence’. Sir Peter was joined by the Honourable Jeff Kennett AC, who shared his thoughts about leadership as a prominent Australian in both the public and private sectors.
Mr Kennett said of Xavier “Places like this are avenues for knowledge, avenues for relationships and avenues for family. And they are certainly an avenue for communication skills.”
We thank both these notable Australians for their visit to the College and their honest reflections that were shared with our community on this unique day.