Leadership qualities and a compassion for others have seen Padthaway local Nathan McCarthy named as a Year 12 Prefect for one of the state’s most prestigious colleges.
The son of Padthaway graziers Simon and Tara McCarthy, Nathan was selected along with five other Year 11s to be a leading student voice at the school of 750.
Rostrevor principal Brian Schumacher said the role of prefect came with great responsibility and prestige as their perspectives and input would help determine college priorities for the years ahead.
“Nathan epitomises the ‘men for others’ ethos that we encourage among all our students and will make an excellent prefect,” Mr Schumacher said.
Nathan, who is among a long-line of McCarthys to board at Rostrevor College, has been given the role of Social Justice Prefect given his demonstrated commitment to others.
In 2017, Nathan took part in the Write of Passage program whereby Rostrevor students interviewed aged-care residents and documented their lives in a book that was later presented to the elderly participants.
The connection made between Nathan and 102-year-old Florence Wheeler, who has since died, was particularly poignant given that she had no close living relatives. The bond between the two captured the interest of the nation’s media as well as the hearts of many people involved in the initiative.
Nathan said he felt honoured and humbled to be named among the college’s leaders and was “up for the challenge”.
“My focus will be on getting even more students involved in serving others – that’s what the college is about,” he said.
Nathan is described as an “all-rounder” who is passionate about his sport, including football, rugby and cricket, as well as his academic pursuits and friendships.
His 93-year-old grandfather Desmond was the first of the McCarthys to attend Rostrevor College, along with Desmond’s four brothers.
Nathan’s father Simon McCarthy and his five brothers Philip, Michael, Peter, Robert and David all attended as did Nathan’s older brother Jason and his cousins Bradley and Anthony.
Nathan’s head of house and teacher Michael Vickery, who is the son of Naracoorte Lucindale mayor Erika Vickery, described the Year 11 student as “a really impressive young man”.
“A lot of leadership roles are all about the individual. This is about leadership for others and Nathan will take these leadership qualities back to his community in the future,” Mr Vickery said.
He said Nathan’s attributes had also seen him selected as one of a small number of students to represent Rostrevor on the 30th anniversary of the college’s India pilgrimage later this year.
“The pilgrims will be immersed in the developing country and will reach out to those in need in a practical and meaningful way,” Mr Vickery said.
“These young men need to be able to handle a degree of hardship as well as the emotional and spiritual aspect of the journey and I’m sure Nathan will represent his college exceptionally well and get a lot out of the experience personally.”