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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

Student Leaders Stepping Up to Hire the Principal

In Victoria, Australia, upcoming changes will see every school in the state include students joining adults on the school council, not only a separate student council. This will mean that students will have an even greater leadership responsibility in the school, involved in budgets, policies, and in some staff matters. Some schools have already chosen to include students in this function. Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said “We want our

Leadership on the Leeuwin

Operating from Western Australia, sailing on the Leeuwin is one of the unique leadership development opportunities on planet earth. Over the years, countless people have been part of the structured sailing voyages of various lengths, including thousands of young Australians. The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation has created a unique event to allow education representatives to preview the Leeuwin programs up close. 2018 will bring several exciting new programs to the