On Friday 9 March, Emmanuel Catholic College held its third annual Catholic Schools Networking and Leadership Day. The day included team building games, discussions on current issues student leaders face and a presentation from Ms Jenn Morris - a two time Olympian gold medalist with the Hockeyroos. Year 8 Emmanuel Catholic College student, Angela Fourie said that Ms Morris’s presentation was 'very inspirational, and very entertaining.'
Twelve schools had leaders representing their school and taking part in the day. The day’s theme was 'Setting the Goals, Facing the Challenges.' Students had the opportunity to discuss a number of topics that are important to student leaders in Catholic schools. Everything from cyber bullying, to fund raising, to rubbish and the environment was discussed by the students.
Overall the day was a success and was enjoyed by many of the students. Year 11 student Grace Peris from Iona Presentation College said 'We got to talk to other people who are in leadership positions, and it was really good to get to know them and share ideas.'
Other special guests at the day included Mr Ron Dullard, Director of Catholic Education in Western Australia, Mr Logan Howlett (Mayor of Cockburn) and his wife, and Hon. Mr Nick Goiran MLC. All of these special guests addressed the students and congratulated them on their work throughout the day. Mr Dullard was especially pleased with the concept of Catholic Student Leaders sharing their ideas and experiences and learning from each other. This highlighted the concept that a good idea is a great idea shared.
The day was a great opportunity for leaders of Catholic schools to share their ideas and experiences and will hopefully continue to help in the development of future leaders.