Secondary School

Students Launch Youth Magazine

On 16th April, a group of enthusiastic young people successfully launched a new youth magazine, titled ‘Young Scandal’. Noticing that many major publications have limited material written by young people, the team behind this new magazine decided to be proactive and create something that filled the gap. Chief editor Orla Latawski told Community News that the purpose of the magazine was to offer a first-hand account about what it means

A Blast of Colour for the Cross Crountry

On the last day of term one Alkira Secondary College held the annual cross country event, but this year there was a twist. The student leaders noticed that in past years participation numbers had dropped, so they began discussing strategies to include more students in the event. “We knew we had people who love to run and others who aren’t big fans of running” said Teisha Walker, one of the

Rolemodel Carries the Queen's Baton

John Coutis has recently completed a speaking tour as a keynote presenter at all 10 of the National Young Leaders Days, held annually in Australian capital cities for primary and secondary students. Over the series of events, John inspired over 20,000 students as he shared about life without the lower half of his body. Last week John inspired millions more people who watched worldwide, as he carried the Queen’s Baton

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

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,

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

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

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