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Motivating young leaders at Elsternwick

Jimmy Rees with Elsternwick students Alexa Chan, William Blakiston and Charlie Shields

Along with more than 6,500 secondary school students and 14,000 primary school students from government, Catholic and private schools across Australia, Elsternwick Year 5 and 6 students attended the annual National Young Leaders Day at the Melbourne Convention Centre. This is an annual tradition and part of their developing leaders and leadership program. The day aims to inspire students to make a positive contribution to their school, motivate them to be great leaders in their area of influence, and empower students with practical skills of balancing study, school commitments and social life as well as managing stress in these areas.

The event promotes the value of inspirational and positive role models by exposing students to a diverse range of leaders and their views on leadership. In educating students about the need to grow in knowledge and practical skills in the areas of excellence and leadership, the National Young Leaders Day event, organised by the Halogen Foundation, is run for young people who aspire to lead themselves and others well.

The day provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the meaning of leadership through listening to the stories of current leaders, such as musician and author Joshua Pyke, ‘Giggle and Hoot’ funny man Jimmy Rees, and Deputy Commissioner of Fire Rescue Victoria, Michelle Young. It also facilitates and encourages young people to think about how they can have a positive impact, not just in the future, but right now.

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