Student leaders gather for inaugural congress

YOUNG leaders in the south-west are aiming to develop a fund-raising initiative for Peter’s Project today at the first Student Leaders Congress.

Organised by Woolsthorpe Primary School principal Simon Perry and his Woodford Primary School counterpart Daniel Watson, government schools in Warrnambool and Moyne Shire will have representatives at the congress at Deakin University.

“About 240 local students who are student leaders in the south-west will be attending,” Mr Perry said.

“It is the first time we have had a student leadership congress in the local area.”

Students hope to develop a project or event to raise funds for Peter’s Project and the congress also wants to build the capacity of local students to become community leaders and to educate students and families about cancer research, support and prevention.

Peter’s Project fouder Vicki Jellie will address the students and Warrnambool City Council mayor Michael Neoh will speak on the theme, ‘What does it take to be a leader in the community?’ 

Mr Perry said students would continue the work of the congress in their own communities. 

“Students will host their own local student leaders’ workshops and events and implement projects back at their schools,” he said.

“The students will work with local communities to build their leadership capacity and drive projects based on their school’s needs and linked to their curriculum.

“We don’t want to tell the kids what to do, we want them to come up with their own ideas. 

“They are the future of our community.”

The Warrnambool and Moyne Youth Councils will also talk about their projects and Mr Perry said a celebration of the projects will be held in July at the Lighthouse Theatre.

He is hopeful the Student Leaders Congress will be a continuing initiative for local students.

n HEAD down to the Civic Green this morning to grab some breakfast and donate to ‘Jail or Bail’ for Peter’s Project.

Organised by FM Mahar and Associates partner Jon Warburton, Coast FM radio identities Matty Monk and Matty ‘The Big Fella’ Stewart will be locked up in pretend jails made by South West TAFE.

Mr Warburton said people can donate to keep one of the radio hosts locked in jail until noon, while the other will be bailed out early.

There will be breakfast available for a donation from 7am. 

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