Alpine students step up leadership skills
ABOUT 50 secondary school students from four schools across the Alpine Shire plus three young people from Dinner Plain and school staff travelled to Melbourne on Wednesday, November 14 to attend Halogen National Young Leaders Day.
Halogen provides leadership education and inspiration for young people, seeking to inspire and influence a generation of young Australians to lead themselves and others by gathering prominent leaders from all walks of life to be part of the day.
It was a big day for the 45 local students and their teachers with the coach departing Mount Beauty at 4am, collecting students in Bright and Myrtleford en route to Melbourne and returning at 7.30pm.
Mount Beauty Secondary College student Ellie Wiseman thought the day was worth the early start, “it was a great experience and if I had the chance I would go again” she said.
Maria Fin, Head of Community at Marian College said the school valued the opportunity presented by the Alpine Shire Council.
The College send their year 10 students to the conference to prepare them for leadership roles as they progress into Years 11 and 12.
As part of the program, the students enjoyed and were inspired by speakers starting with illusionist and magician Cosentino who entertained and astonished the audience with his amazing tricks.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,” he advised the students.
Next up was swimming sensation, Olympic Gold medalist, Liesel Jones and Melbourne Stars cricketer, Holly Furling.
The day then finished with a presentation from Australian born Tongan actor, Uli Latuefu.
Angelica Martinago from Marian College said was particularly inspired by Cosentino and Leisel Jones.
“Listening to them talk about how they achieved their goals by being themselves, using their creativity and breaking down goals they thought were unrealistic,” she added.