Stu­dents learn rhythm of lead­er­ship qual­i­ties

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Alexis Gill­ham

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.

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