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Western Downs students learn valuable leadership skills at workshop

QFES Dalby Officer In Charge Matthew Davenport (top left) with Kaimkellenbun State School’s Campbell Postle, Abbey Zeller, Banjo Walters, Acting Principal Lisa Gillespie and Tracey Gagarin.

Students across the region have learnt ‘leadership is more than just a badge’ at Western Downs Regional Council’s Student Leadership Workshops and Community Lunches.

Following the success of the Student and Community Leaders Introduction Mixers across the region in 2018, Council incorporated an interactive student leadership workshop to this year’s events.

One of Australia’s most talented presenters Graham Hyman led the three-hour workshops to deliver his message of ‘Leadership – More than a Badge’ to young people from right across the Western Downs region at events in Chinchilla, Dalby, Miles and Tara.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the addition of the student leadership workshop this year added even more value to a great event.

“We want to engage our local youth on the Western Downs and this Workshop and Community Lunch really engaged and inspired our future leaders,” he said.

“It’s been a really successful event in the past, but this year’s three-hour workshop with Graham Hyman really gave the students a chance to ask questions and learn from each other.

“It’s important for our young people to be involved in their communities and be proud of their contributions — that’s what we’ve aimed for for with these events.”

Miles State High School Principal Josette Moffatt said her school’s student leaders had been looking forward to the opportunity to connect with local leaders and Councillors.

“Miles State High School has been a great supporter of Council initiatives such as this one,” she said.

“Our students had been looking forward to meeting community leaders and Councillors and creating an ongoing relationship of beneficial support.

“For each of our student leaders, the mixer and workshop allowed for personal and social growth that will continue outside the school gate and be with them in their future years.”

Kaimkillenbun State School Acting Principal Lisa Gillespie said her students had been excited to work with other Western Downs students at the Dalby event.

“We had four students attending the Leadership Workshop and we’re really excited to build a network in our broader community — especially being a small school,” she said.

“Western Downs Regional Council has provided our school with access to a renowned guest speaker and a quality event in our area.

“Keeping it local helps to further our sense of community, which is really important to everyone at Kaimkillenbun State School.”

The events for selected students and community leaders were held in Dalby and Tara on Thursday 7 March and in Chinchilla and Miles on Friday 8 March.

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