Alpine stu­dents step up lead­er­ship skills

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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