Lead­er­ship skills honed on school trip

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

East Pil­bara stu­dents jet­ted on an in­ter­state trip to the Eastern States to de­velop their lead­er­ship skills re­cently.

Eight Year 11 stu­dents and two teach­ers from New­man Se­nior High School made the trip to Mel­bourne and Can­berra ear­lier this month, and in­cluded a guided tour of WA Par­lia­ment with Mem­ber for Pil­bara Kevin Michel.

New­man SHS prin­ci­pal Carolyn Cook said the eight-day trip was spon­sored by for­mer head boy of the school and part­ner, James and Mered­ith McCle­ments.

“As part of their lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence, stu­dents have met with men­tors in their cho­sen ca­reer path­way, in­clud­ing com­puter pro­gram­ming, elec­tri­cal trades, med­i­cal path­ways, polic­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy,” she said.

“Stu­dents were in­spired and mo­ti­vated by the gen­eros­ity of their men­tors as well as the prac­ti­cal ad­vice they of­fered.

“A work­shop with a re­cruit­ment spe­cial­ist helped stu­dents con­sider ways they could en­sure they can be work ready and com­pet­i­tive.

“The stu­dents left New­man ex­cited about meet­ing with deputy vice-chan­cel­lor of UWA David Sadler, who spoke about his lead­er­ship jour­ney to UWA, and a lunch at Par­lia­ment House with Mr Kevin Michel, Mem­ber for Pil­bara.”

Stu­dents also vis­ited Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra, and the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial dur­ing the the trip.

“It was a priv­i­lege to have the New­man Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal, Ms Carolyn Cook, teach­ers Ms Court­ney Moynes and Mr An­drew Banda, along with eight Year 10 stu­dents come to Par­lia­ment for lunch and a tour,” Mr Michel said.

“I want to thank McCle­ments Foun­da­tion for the won­der­ful work they do and giv­ing these kids an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop lead­er­ship skills . . . it was won­der­ful to meet these kids from my elec­torate and I wish them all the best.”

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