Primary School

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

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

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

Students Take the Lead  with 'Reading Buddy'

At studentleadership.news we are always on the lookout to share examples of students leading in practical ways. We recently heard about the ‘Reading Buddy’ at St Augustine’s College in Sydney. The successful program involves senior students reading to Years 5 and 6 students on a one-on-one basis. The Seniors are well-equipped to impart reading tips following the completion of a Reading Immersion Program with the Learning Support and Enrichment Coordinator. The

Now That's What You Call a Mural!

We love sharing great ideas on studentleadership.news This week we heard about a big unveiling at Glen Huntly Primary School. The key word is BIG. Hayley Kringas and Ross Donnan are parents at the school and gifted designers. Working alongside the student leaders, the amazing mural (pictured) was painted in the area where school assemblies are held. And apparently there are more to come. To read the article on the

Student Voice Expert to Speak in Australia

On 10th October 2017 Mount Waverley Secondary College is hosting an open event with globally recognised student voice expert Dr Russell Quaglia. Based in Florida, USA, Russell is visiting Australia as a keynote speaker at the National ACEL conference in Sydney. Those in Melbourne have the opportunity to hear Russell at the special event at Mount Waverley. In addition to Dr. Quaglia’s Keynote presentation, students from Mount Waverley Secondary College will speak