As Term 3 resumed in a ‘new normal’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, Redeemer Lutheran School and Barossa Council mayor Bim Lange swore in the school’s second-semester student leaders. The swearing-in assembly also marked Redeemer’s return to a physical, COVID-safe assembly for the first time in six months. During and since the COVID-19 lockdown, assemblies and worships have been delivered to homes and classrooms via video.

Class 7K teacher, Emily Knapman, told the assembly “Redeemer year Seven students are blessed with many opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills. Today marks the commencement of one of these opportunities for 7K, that being Student Parliament. Being a member of Student Parliament is a very important role (where) the students learn the criteria of an effective Member of Parliament including listening to the needs of others, setting a good example, being organised, speaking clearly and confidently, and fairly representing the views of the wider student body.”

Mayor Lange (video excerpt below) encouraged the new leaders to have a vision for the future, also telling the assembly “It’s always an extreme joy and an honour to come along to this very, very important occasion … I’m sure amongst you we have future leaders in our community and, who knows, one day maybe the Prime Minister. We would really love that – a Prime Minister from the Barossa!”