Ipswich State High School students Gabrielle Murphy and Jamie- Lee Tuddenham are the 2012 school captains. It is the first year since 1978 that there have been two female school captains.
Ipswich State High School students Gabrielle Murphy and Jamie- Lee Tuddenham are the 2012 school captains. It is the first year since 1978 that there have been two female school captains. Sarah Harvey

Girls rule the school

GIRLS have majority rule at Ipswich State High School.

The Brassall school has announced its 2012 student leaders - and seven out of 10 members of the incoming team are girls.

Next year's Student Representative Council will be led by two female captains, Jamie-Lee Tuddenham and Gabrielle Murphy, in a rare coincidence that last occurred at the school in 1978.

Principal Simon Riley said that this was the first year he had awarded captaincy to students of the same gender.

"I'm going to have to figure out how to put the names on the plaque; I normally put girls on one side and boys on the other," Mr Riley said.

Mr Riley said that captaincy was decided purely on leadership potential and merit, and that 32 previous consecutive years of shared boy-girl captaincy was mere coincidence.

"Leadership is gender neutral, and this year the best candidates for captaincy happened to be girls," Mr Riley said.

Mr Riley said that the leadership application process had seen an overwhelming majority of submissions from girls.

"The ratio of applications from girls and boys was about five to one," Mr Riley said.

Incoming captain Jamie-Lee said the nomination process was intensive and fair.

"Girls obviously showed more interest in the Student Representative Council this year, but three boys were selected as house captains and cultural captain," Jamie-Lee said.

Mr Riley put the outnumbering of boys down to their higher uptake of apprenticeships.

"More boys than girls are undertaking apprenticeships, and it's fair enough if they feel they can't commit and decide not to apply," he said.



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