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Gladstone State High School students lead the way

​yLead Day

The student leaders from Gladstone State High School are proving leadership is more than just a badge. The leadership team, which consists of 61 students, came together on the first day of term one to create a vision and action plan for what their school can achieve in 2014. Gladstone State High School aims to provide their students with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to make a positive contribution to society. This is evident from the comprehensive leadership team that has been established.

In addition to the student captains, vice captains, SEP leader and Indigenous leader, five teams of 11 students have been elected to concentrate their efforts on a particular area of schooling life. These areas of focus include culture, sport, environment and inclusion, with an executive committee working closely with the school captains and these teams. 

Gladstone State High School Year 12 Coordinator, Kim-Maree Lambert, hopes this structure will encourage the whole student body to get involved and lead to new and innovative student initiatives being implemented that address the true needs of the school. 

“We are encouraging all our senior students to become part of the wider school leadership team not just the  61 students directly involved with the 2014 school leaders team. Our school captains have just returned from an inspiring and motivating three day leadership conference in Brisbane, where they developed the skills and knowledge to implement the yLead philosophy that ‘leadership is any action that makes the world I touch a better place.”

The day will be facilitated by yLead, a not-for-profit association that empowers students to live positively and  be active leaders in their schools and communities. The school has partnered with yLead for many years now,  preparing students for their roles as active, inspiring and effective leaders. 

“Our school captains participated in yLead’s Australian Student Leadership Conference earlier this month. They have returned full of ideas and enthusiasm about how they can make an impact in our community. We asked yLead to also join us in Gladstone so we can engage the rest of our student leaders,” says Ms Lambert. Using a unique blend of fun activities and interactive discussions, yLead will assist the students in developing their leadership goals and plans, whilst getting the group working together to form a positive and united cohort.