Students lead the way

A NEW leadership program at Howrah Primary School is providing the opportunity for grade six students to develop a range of leadership skills and become active participants within the community.

The program began with guest speaker, former Premier Lara Giddings, speaking to the students about her life in politics and discussing the qualities of a good leader.

The session with Ms Giddings was followed by an Outdoor Education Day with Aardvark Adventures and school staff at Orana Camp.

Students worked in teams all day and undertook a number of activities that focused on building personal skills of resilience and courage.

Students are keeping a reflective journal that documents their journey across the year where they can reflect on how their view of leadership is developing, as well as keep track of the many ways they are working to make a difference in the community.

Howrah Primary School grade six student Lily Kay said she was using her journal to reflect upon days that focused on developing leadership skills.

“The day at Orana was quite challenging and provided opportunities for us to work together as a team,” she said.

“As a leader, I am confident at working with younger students, but an area I would like to develop is becoming more confident with speaking in front of others and public speaking.”

The program will continue with a camp next term for the year six students.

There will also be opportunities to lead school activities such as Daily P.E leaders, recess and lunch time mentors, lunch time sport program leaders, ICT helpers and buddy readers with the younger students.

Caption: Howrah Primary School students participating in leadership activities.