Students learn rhythm of leadership qualities
CHALLENGE: East Ayr State School’s Blaise Heron takes part in a dance and drama LISTENING, working together and memory are all typical skills expected to be taught at a leadership conference.
But, unusually, at Townsville’s Young Leaders Conference, these competencies were all taught in front of a drum.
More than 200 students were part of this year’s event, with 30 schools choosing to attend the annual seminar.
Hermit Park deputy principal and event organiser Lyne Megarrity said the drum circle, led by popular Full Moon Drum Circle organiser Alex Salvador, was one of the highlights for many of the students.
‘‘ These students worked together with different rhythms and produced a finished product in three quarters of an hour,’’ Ms Megarrity said.
‘‘ Alex taught the importance of listening, which is a quality in a good leader, he taught the importance of working together, which is a quality in a good leader and he taught the importance of remembering, which is a quality in a good leader.’’
As one of a small group of teachers to organise the conference, Ms Megarrity said the conference took six months to put together each year.
Ms Megarrity said the conference included a variety of guest speakers as well as physical challenges.