Mayor Ron Dyne follows the lead of St Patrick’s College students Jerico Jackson (left) and Clancy Adams at this week’s Gympie Conference Centre student leadership training sessions.
Mayor Ron Dyne follows the lead of St Patrick’s College students Jerico Jackson (left) and Clancy Adams at this week’s Gympie Conference Centre student leadership training sessions. Renee Pilcher

Leadership is all part of the deal

FOR most of us, finding ourselves suddenly in a leadership position feels very much like being thrown in at the deep end.

But for St Patrick’s College Year 11 and Year 12 students preparation for leadership roles in politics, business, community groups or sporting teams is all part of their schooling.

This week, as Year 12 students prepare to leave school and begin the next episode of their lives, their Year 11 understudies are being introduced to the school leadership role that will be expected of them when they are “the big kids”.

Teacher and pastoral co-ordinator Tony Hallam says this week’s leadership days, at the Gympie Conference Centre in Fraser Road, are an important part of preparing students for the roles they may aspire to in a future which, for them, is not really all that far away.

They have heard first-hand advice and learned from the experiences of some of our region’s leaders, including Mayor Ron Dyne, business leader Kerren Smith, their own school principal Patricia Kennedy and other prominent leaders, as well as representatives of the Brisbane-based Peer Power training organisation and the students’ own organisation, the school’s Student Representative Council.

Students Jerico Jackson and Clancy Adams spoke highly of the training when interviewed by The Gympie Times on Thursday.

They were among 77 students at the sessions, where they had just heard Cr Dyne explaining that his experience in the military had put him in a leadership role.

“And I try to apply that experience to the Gympie Regional Council,” he told the students.

“Normally they have a leadership camp with team building activities and lectures at night,” Mr Hallam said.

“This year we’re employing a different type of approach.”

“It was helpful for them to hear from their principal because they’ll be working closely with her next year when they are helping manage the school,” he said.

Gympie Times


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