The National Young Leaders Day

On 25th March all the student School Leaders from the Preparatory and Junior School visited the ICC (International Convention Centre) to listen to four inspirational speeches about how we can build on our leadership skills.

The first speaker was Lachie Smart who holds the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to fly solo around the world at only 18 years of age. It took Lachie two and a half years of planning and a lot of perseverance to succeed. His main message was that young people should set and achieve high goals. The second lesson was that we should always learn from our mistakes. 

We also heard from Anastasia Woolmer who is a two-time Australian Memory Champion. She started off as a talented ballet dancer at the age of 15 and studied at a prestigious dance school, until she decided to convert to doing an Economics degree. During her time at university she struggled to pass her classes and started investing many hours into her studies. This caused her to reflect on her approach to learning and she developed the skills to become a memory champion. She decided the path to success doesn’t always mean working harder but working smarter and never giving up in life.

The third speaker was Jimmy Rees (Jimmy Giggle) who is a TV star on the ABC show ‘Giggle and Hoot’, and he has been on ‘Dancing with the Stars’. From a young age Jimmy was always funny and wanted to be on TV. He mentioned several times the importance of being yourself and following your dreams. Jimmy was always passionate about what he wanted to do and what he wanted to be. 

The final speaker was David Campbell who is a singer, actor, author, TV and radio host. His first main takeaway was to, “Give everything a go.” This is because opportunities can spring up that can change your life. The second takeaway was, “The most important thing to do is to adapt.” This is because life throws unexpected challenges which you have to overcome in order to succeed. David’s speech was extremely educational and interesting.

We were grateful for the opportunity to listen and learn from a variety of inspirational leaders. We hope to implement some of the key messages in our own leadership journey. 

Thomas Ko 6S and Orlando Ang 6S


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