Secondary School

Going Green

Dapto High School has recently established a ‘green group’ of student leaders. The group focuses on environmental issues, and has been involved in a recently opened Solar Power Data Centre. School Principal Andrew Fitzsimons said “We will push towards introducing other measures which will help the environment.” Ethan Graham, a member of the student green team agreed with his principal and said “The transition to solar is a good start but

Student Leaders Gather in Whyalla

On Friday 1st June, one hundred student leaders attended the GRIP Student Leadership Conference, an event organised in partnership between GRIP Leadership and the University of South Australia. The ten secondary schools who participated included those located in Whyalla, as well as schools who travelled from as far as Streaky Bay, Port Lincoln and Orroroo. The interactive conference sessions covered a range of practical topics, all focused on the theme

Student Entrepreneurship and Engagement Event

When we think of ‘leadership’ in school, too often students are caught waiting for leadership positions to be given to them. On April 23rd, Crimson Education held a seminar on Innovative Leadership and Extra-curriculars in Melbourne and challenged students to create their own leadership roles. This is referred to as ‘Leadership Entrepreneurship.’ Whether this be starting a club at school, leading a community project or creating a competition. What leadership

Once in a Lifetime Leadership Masterclass

The student leaders at Moriah College, Sydney, were recently awarded the leadership experience of a lifetime when they undertook a closed door Leadership Masterclass with CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accounting bodies. The masterclass was part of a prize awarded to Moriah College, whose student leadership team won the 2017 ATLAS Award (Australia’s Team Leadership Award for Students) which is a partnership between CPA and Halogen Australia. CPA

Young Leader Sets Sail

In March 2018, Simona Rocca (15) from Perth WA was selected as the Halogen National Young Leaders Day winner and has just returned from her week-long experience on the STS Leeuwin II. The annual Halogen Perth event asked for each of the 600 participants to fill in a post event survey, in which Simona from Mercedes College was randomly chosen as the student who would board a Leeuwin voyage. Leeuwin

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