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School event

New primary programme teaches students to be leaders

ACG Sunderland dad Owen Rodger is Commander of the RNZN Helicopter Squadron. An ‘ambassador’ of the Primary school’s new leadership programme, Owen landed his helicopter at school this week to help teach students about how he got where he is today.

Dentist, surgeon, Commander of the Royal New Zealand Helicopter Squadron – just a few of the parent ‘ambassadors’ who are visiting the school to help teach students about leadership as part of a new primary school leadership programme.

The initiative sees students learning skills such as decision making, negotiation, positive influencing, motivation and teamwork. Students meet once a week to discuss leadership values and watch short videos on the topic. Community leaders and parent role models visit to talk about their careers, and how they’ve got to where they are in life.

From respecting your parents to persevering with your dreams, each ambassador imparts a value or message to the students.

“The outcome is that we have children who practise the values that we teach at school, but also display leadership qualities that will make them stand out,” explained primary school principal Leanne Chartrand.

The primary leadership programme builds on the school’s highly successful Year 6 leadership programme. Students attend National Young Leaders Day, have a Sir Peter Blake Dream Team leader speak to them each year, and one student each year is awarded the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award.

Siyona Biswass, in Year 4, enjoyed hearing about the need to work hard at school to become a surgeon. “I liked learning about all the bones in the x-rays and I have learnt that leaders need to work hard and try their best. If you do this you can achieve your dream.”