Halogen: National Young Leaders Day – Shining Bright Eighteen students were nominated by teachers to attend The Halogen National Young Leaders Day (HNYLD). The nominated students are deemed to have consistently demonstrated qualities of leadership and, as such, attend this excursion by invitation. The HNYLD is an annual event that showcases talented Australian entrepreneurs in their chosen field.
In their words: Recently, on the 8th November, a group of year ten leaders from Mountain Creek embarked on a journey to Brisbane to take part in Halogen’s National Young Leaders Day. The group was provided the opportunity to meet and learn from a multitude of leaders, including Sarah Spiker, a representative of the Cotton On Foundation, Cate Campbell, Australian Gold Wining Olympian, Uli Latukefu, an Australian actor and Alex Blackwell vice-captain of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team.
Each speaker offered a wealth of wisdom for the students. Sarah Spiker spoke of her passion in being part of school building projects and encouraged us as students to make a change and take action; whether that be big or small. Cate Campbell, an Olympic champion, talked about the ups and downs of her career and encouraged the students to take leaps of faith and not be afraid of failure. Uli Latukefu, an Australian actor, discussed his acting journey and advised the students to take the time to find out who they are as people and as leaders. And lastly, the retired captain for the Australian women’s cricket team, Alex Blackwell encouraged students through the metaphor of a lobster to embrace discomfort in their lives.
At the end of the conference, the students left with a better understanding of what it means to be a leader, coming away with various pieces of advice from each speaker. The knowledge and experience offered by these leaders was highly inspirational, and will continue to motivate the attendees of Halogen leadership conferences to make change, whether big or small, in their world for the better.
Article submitted by: Yashvi P, Cora G and Thomas R