Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Six lucky students were lucky enough to attend the National Young Leaders Day courtesy of the Halogen Foundation. Enjoy their amazing reflections.

Young Leaders Day
By Madi
It was a privilege and an amazing experience to be able to listen to five wonderful leaders on their knowledge of leadership.  I learnt some values that make a good leader such as integrity, responsibility, resilience, respect, self belief, kindness and working hard.  I now know that a good leader doesn’t have to be bossy but they need to remember their values, add new skills to their leadership toolbox and follow their dreams.  Our society is getting smarter, nicer, more peaceful and thus better at leading.  Humankind have a tendency to follow, so a leader needs to be a reliable role model so that their good influence spreads.  All the little things we do will eventually add up to make one big action that will make a difference and help all those around us.  Never give up because even if you don’t reach your goals you will still will have achieved something.  The national young leaders’ day was an inspiring opportunity that I’m glad I was a part of.  I will never forget the things I’ve learnt and I definitely have enriched my knowledge on the never ending topic of LEADERSHIP.
National Young Leaders Day
 by Lizzy
Wow, national young leader’s day was a life changing experience. We heard and saw so many amazing ideas and speeches which were extremely interesting.
As we walked in, I think we all felt a breeze of excitement knowing that this was the beginning of the speeches. I know I was grateful and honoured to 
represent my school.

First I learned about influence and how when you’re a leader you have to influence others to do the right thing. I learned that when you’re a leader you are a role model and need to be polite, kind and helpful to others around you. I learned that even the 
little things you do can make a really big difference if you try.

All these points are from actual leaders speeches which I really enjoyed. The thing about each leader was that they all had something different to say about leadership and what it meant to them.

I personally enjoyed listening to Ruben Meerman and Dan Jackson. I thought that they really got the meaning and understanding of leadership. Although I liked their speeches best, I thought that Sussan Thomas, Mike Martin and Creel Price were fantastic to listen to also.
Overall this amazing opportunity to go to national young leaders day was just breathtaking and as the 5 other students and I walked out of the room at the end of the day I think we all felt like better leaders and better role models.

Leadership by Carley
I learnt so much about Leadership on the 1st of March.
I learnt that…
Not wearing a badge doesn’t mean you are not a leader.
·      Leaders always believe themselves.
·      Never give up. Keep trying.
·      Nothing is impossible. Starting 8 businesses in primary and high school is not impossible, for one man has done it.
·      You can’t relay on other people to make you a better leader. Follow your heart and make your dream come true.
·      Everyone is treated equally, no matter how you look or how old you are
·      Leaders always include everyone, whether they are in their community or not.
·      You don’t have to have muscles to be a leader. Being strong inside is having a good self-esteem.
·      Act like a leader anytime because everyone looks up to you like a role model.
·      Showing your strengths means that you believe in yourself.
·      Experience difference opportunities in your life.
·      Working as a team means that you are communicating with people.
·      Leaders think about the small and big things for the small things will become big if you do nothing.
·      Being a leader is a long journey, the hard times are the bumps and the good times are the smooth roads.
·      You can not let other people change your future for your future only changes because of YOU!
·      If you want help, you have to look and ask for help.
·      Each little thing will give you an opportunity to show your strengths.
·      Leaders learn from others, so don’t pretend you know everything.
·      Do your passions and stand up for yourself and others.

Leaders are important in life. Remember, if you see someone needing help, do help and ask them what’s wrong. If you see someone in trouble and ignore them, you could bring down your self-esteem. So please, believe in yourself that you are a leader and show the world what your strengths are.




  1. Hi Senior MY,

    Reading through you reflections, I could clearly see that you all enjoyed the day. I also heard that you learnt a few things, which was excellent! I hoped you hgad a good day there, as it seemed it wouldv'e been great to go.


  2. Hi Senior MY,

    I really enjoyed reading through your reflections and looking at what national young leaders day is, it looks like you have had a wonderful day and I would've loved to have come with you.

    Thank you for sharing what a magnificant time you had and I can't wait to comment on the next posts too.

    From Matthewg :):|:(

  3. Hi Senior MY

    Great reflections of what appears to have been a great day! It looks like there were many great valuable points made which you could keep with you as you journey through life.


  4. Hi Senior MY

    It looked like you guys really had fun going to the National leaders day. I learnt a lot from reading your reflections hoped you guys had fun.
    From Ateil