May 2019

Learning Leadership Through Volunteering

A group of students from Mount Blowhard Primary School are using their time to volunteer for causes beyond their school community. Year 6 students initiated the idea of volunteering their time to support a number of causes. Students chose a range of different initiatives. Some baked and sold cupcakes for breast cancer research, while others cooked a barbeque for the school to raise funds for the Queensland CWA during time

First Ever Student Leadership Conference in Port Hedland

The BHP Pilbara Education Partnership, Hedland Academic Enrichment Program sponsored an exciting opportunity for future leaders  in the Pilbara region of Wester Australia. On Tuesday 28th May, ‘Student Leadership Conference 2019’ was held at the Matt Dann Theatre for 150 students leaders from schools across the region. Guest speakers included Lauren Graham (Industrial Automation Coordinator) from the Pilbara Port Authority, Kelly Howlett from Care for Hedland, Warren Wellbeloved (Acting General

Ethan Builds a Country Road

15 year old Ethan Blood has learnt all kinds of skills through his Boy Scout program including cooking, camping and life-saving techniques. When it comes to his Eagle Scout project, Ethan has taken on the mammoth goal of building a trail that will better connect a local school to the nearby town. Previous options have been a long drive or else scaling a cliff so providing a safe walking trail

Students Save Pets

Kinross Wolaroi School recently had a member of the Animal Welfare League come and share about the challenges facing the charity, which provides foster homes for dogs and cats whose owners are unable to take care for them. Now aware of how the charities challenges were impacting the fostered pets, the students took it upon themselves to make a difference by fundraising to help cover the charities costs. After a

Montello Students Get Walking

Walk Safely to School Day is an event that happens annually across Australia. This year, one of the participating schools, Montello Primary School, has added on to the walk a healthy breakfast and day full of fun! Students and staff gathered at an agreed point prior to the start of the school day and then walk in together. School principal Denise Witherspoon advised that, “this event brings the whole school

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

You are never too young to lead… as proven by Jake, one of the ‘Junior Young Leaders’ at Port Noarlunga Primary School in South Australia. Jake introduced the “Bread Tags for Wheelchairs” idea to the Junior Young Leaders group and everyone thought this was a great idea. Jake and his peers are now writing to local businesses to spread the word about this initiative, collecting as many bread tags as

The Fundraiser that Requires No Funds

Student leaders love the idea of fundraising to help their school, but it’s sometimes hard to keep asking people to donate money. The current ‘Earn and Learn’ program, run by Woolworths, gives student leaders a new way to help their school, without asking for donations. It’s easy. Every time someone from your school shops at Woolworths, they can collect one sticker for every $10 they spend. The stickers are saved,

A Free Event with One Million Students

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read at the exact same time in libraries, schools, and other locations around Australia. Last year there were over 1,062,230 participants at over 8,255 locations! This fun event is easy for student leaders to organise with a little help from some adults at the

5 Tips for Successful Student Networking

Seventy percent of job roles are never advertised. So how does anyone ever find a job? Networking is one of the most important keys to unlocking the large number of these hidden jobs. Remember that saying: it’s not who you know, but what you know? During your time as a student leader, you are uniquely positioned to ‘get networking’. We asked our friends at ECU to put together five tips

Students Launch Battery Recycling

Chisholm Catholic College, in Perth WA, has a committee of student leaders focused entirley on the ‘Environment’ portfolio. These student leaders realised that in thier state of WA, over 18 million batteries are thrown into landfill each year. To raise awareness and faciliate recycling of batteries in their school community the Environment Committee has organised a battery bin, located in the student entry to reception, to collect dry-cell batteries. These