Fu­ture lead­ers meet in Cairns

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - JESSIE TOL­SON

LO­CAL indige­nous stu­dents from Moss­man State High School were among over 100 teenagers from Tully to Thurs­day Is­land to at­tend the 2012 Indige­nous Lead­ers of To­mor­row con­fer­ence in Cairns last week­end.

“Change be­gins with me” was the theme of this year’s con­fer­ence and is part of a twoyear pro­gram for Year 11 and 12 state school stu­dents run by the Indige­nous School­ing Sup­port Unit.

Moss­man Year 12 stu­dents Chase­ley Walker and Darien Wil­liams and Year 11 stu­dent Cooper Martin took part in the con­fer­ence which aims to help young peo­ple learn skills such as public speak­ing, men­tor­ing oth­ers, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and goal set­ting to help set them up for life.

Moss­man State High School com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lor Keith Pitt said the event helps stu­dents with lead­er­ship skills and to cre­ate life goals.

“They at­tended work­shops cov­er­ing a range of ac­tiv­i­ties and life skills and had the op­por­tu­nity to meet other stu­dents which cre­ated a men­tor­ing net­work through school in­te­gra­tion,” he said.

Stu­dents also had the op­por­tu­nity to par­take in fun ac­tiv­i­ties such as for­mal din­ners, map read­ing, camp fire sto­ries, danc­ing and walk­ing across high ropes

Chase­ley Walker,

who at­tended for the sec­ond time, said it made him fo­cus on what is next af­ter fin­ish­ing school.

“I hope to start a Diploma of Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ter­nally through JCU Townsville,” he said.

Cooper Martin said he gained lead­er­ship skills and con­fi­dence in public speak­ing while Darien Wil­liams, who hopes to study ve­teri­nary sci­ence next year, also ben­e­fit­ted with a boost to his self-con­fi­dence.

The pro­gram will run again next year.

Fu­ture lead­ers: Cooper Martin, teacher Keith Pitt, Darien Wil­liams and Chase­ley Walker

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