Year 7 Leaders Shine at the ICGS Service and Leadership Breakfast

Our Year 7 Leaders had the privilege of attending the ICGS Service and Leadership Breakfast held yesterday at Presbyterian Ladies College. This event provided a fantastic platform for young leaders to connect, learn, and be inspired by those with extensive experience in leadership and advocacy.

Inspiring Words from Laura Ives Hicks

The highlight of the morning was an engaging speech by guest speaker Laura Ives Hicks. With a wealth of experience in management and advocacy, particularly through her roles within the Girl Guides, Laura shared invaluable insights on leadership and empowerment. Her passion for these topics resonated deeply with our students, leaving a lasting impression on their young minds.

Collaborative Learning and Networking

Following Laura’s inspirational talk, the Year 7s from various schools participated in a dynamic networking session. They worked in groups at their tables to discuss the key takeaways from the speech and brainstorm ways to apply their newfound leadership skills within their schools and local communities.

Isabelle, one of our Year 7 Leaders, reflected on the experience, saying, “It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with other girls in leadership positions.” Her peers echoed this sentiment, finding the session enriching and motivating.

Personal Growth and New Friendships

The event was not only about learning but also about making new connections. Isla shared her enthusiasm, stating, “The empowering speech, new friends, and great opportunities have inspired me to be a better leader.” The chance to meet and interact with students from different schools allowed our Year 7 Leaders to gain diverse perspectives on leadership and community involvement.

Alice also appreciated the exposure to different school environments, noting, “We got to meet with different people from different schools and we got to learn about what happens in their schools.” This exchange of ideas and experiences broadened their understanding and inspired them to think creatively about their own leadership roles.

Looking Ahead

The ICGS Service and Leadership Breakfast was a resounding success, leaving our Year 7 Leaders inspired and eager to make a positive impact. The event highlighted the importance of networking, learning from experienced leaders, and collaborating with peers from different backgrounds.

As these young leaders return to our school, we look forward to seeing how they will implement the ideas and skills they gained from this enriching experience. We are confident that their participation in the breakfast has equipped them with the tools to become more effective and compassionate leaders in our school community and beyond.

Shaping Future Leaders- Jennifer Oaten

At Santa Maria College, we believe that leadership is a journey of learning, not just a title or position. For over 80 years, our Year 12 students have been at the forefront of shaping our school’s culture through their leadership. As one cohort graduates and another takes the helm, the baton of leadership is passed, igniting the potential within each new group of young women.

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