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Claim Free Sports Gear for Your School

Do you like the idea of ‘fundraising’ for your school without actually having to ask anyone for money? If so, the ‘Sports for Schools’ program is for you. Run by Coles, this program involves collecting Coles supermarket receipts from your school community members and claiming a range of sports equipment. The more receipts you collect, the more equipment you will get in exchange. For full details and to register your

Students Focusing On Healthy Food

Winterfold Primary School is leading the way in healthy habits, transforming their canteen with nutritious food. Canteen manager, Pip Slaughter, said that students played a huge role in shaping the food on offer. “Twice a year we have a competition where the students come up with their own recipe ideas which they then vote on, and the winning meal is put on the canteen menu for two terms.” In addition

Are These The Youngest Student Leaders Ever?

Official student leadership opportunities are generally first available to school students around age 11. However, at Holy Spirit Infants School, Abermain, students are awarded the opportunity to lead at a much younger age. At this school, students as young as year two students are offered the opportunity to become school leaders. Charlene Reid, the school Principal, is pleased that the opportunities have been embraced by students of all ages. “At other schools, children

Riding for a Reason

We love sharing great ideas, and this idea can be as big or little as you like! Student leaders often try and create their own fundraising and event ideas from scratch. A simpler approach may be to get a student team involved in community events where the organising is done by the professionals. Recently, Peninsula Grammar students (from Victoria, Australia) participated in the Great Victorian Bike Ride. The  first stage

Learning Outside the Classroom

The physical benefits of sport and recreational activities, such as reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, are widely known. However, research is increasingly highlighting benefits that point towards helping with leadership development. The NSW Office of Sport has identified that that physical activity can help leaders with personal growth, social integration, and the ability to connect and engage effectively with peers. A study conducted in Australia found that

Prominent Children's Authors to Speak at National Young Leaders Days

Children readily look up to sports stars, music stars, and TV personalities. Similarly, they will also acknowledge the leadership role of politicians and the public service. To add to this, Halogen Australia has recently announced a new partnership with the highly regarded publisher, Scholastic, to feature some of Australia’s most prominent children’s authors as speakers at the upcoming National Young Leaders Days for primary school students. This announcement aligns with

University and Primary School Pen Pals

Big Buddies from Deakin University exchanged almost 400 handwritten letters of encouragement with St Francis Xavier Primary School this year as part of the Literacy Buddies program. Literacy Buddies was coordinated by the Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP) in collaboration with the Ardoch Youth Foundation, and has seen 31 volunteer Deakin staff working with 31 Little Buddies from St Francis Xavier PS’s grade 6 cohort in Corio, Geelong. “The

National Young Leaders Day Starts Strong

Halogen Australia commenced a new series of the annual ‘National Young Leaders Day’ today. The first event in the series was the day for secondary school students in Sydney, and it was held in the new International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. Students had the opportunity to hear from well known leaders, with additional time for asking questions and participating in leadership discussion. Speakers included The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP,

Halogen and CPA Australia Announce ATLAS  Award

A team of student leaders from Moriah College, in the Sydney suburb of Queens Park, have been selected as the most outstanding secondary student leadership team in Australia. The ATLAS award (which stands for Australia’s Team Leadership Award for Students) is awarded annually to a group of students who accomplish something significant which they would not have been able to achieve as  individuals. The ATLAS award process is facilitated by

Maverick Makes a Difference

Maverick Garaicoa is only 12 years old, but is already being recognised as an influential young philanthropist. After Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland a few months back, Maverick set about raising funds to donate books to schools in the affected region. Last week students at Mackay Central State School and Clontarf Beach State School met Marevick when he visited the schools to present his donation to the schools. Dymocks Children’s Charities multiplied the contribution