Fostering tomorrow's leaders

Published on Thursday, 19 December 2019 at 2:42:29 PM

Twelve Year 9 Denmark Senior High School Students embarked on a journey into the wilderness last month on the Outward Bound Leadership Camp, putting their leadership, resilience and communication skills to the test.

The fully Shire-funded annual camp developed in consultation with Denmark Senior High School and delivered by Outward Bound Australia, seeks to empower youth to develop their potential and inspire self-worth, responsibility and team work.

Students were selected on merit by the Leadership Team at Denmark Senior High School. The selection criteria set out by the Shire of Denmark included demonstrated resourcefulness, strong community values, community involvement, good communication skills and leadership potential.

As part of the requirement to attend the camp students were requested to deliver a presentation to Council on the outcomes of their experience.

The group attended the Council briefing on Tuesday 17 December and shared their experiences of the four day expedition which included navigation, rafting, and other intense activities such as ropes courses and a giant ladder.

The students said as a result of the camp they had learned more about themselves and their abilities, could face challenges with more confidence, and developed new friendships with their peers which they said they would always value.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr David Schober, Shire President Cr Gearon and other Councillors present at the briefing warmly received the presentation by the students.

Teacher, Mr Darren Kay, who accompanied the students on their journey, thanked Council for providing the valuable financial sponsorship to the students.

“Each student showed great determination to make the very most of this rare opportunity. Individuals experienced and met their own personal challenges, be that through the physical difficulty of navigating the environment; mental challenges around persistence in overcoming both obstacles and often some self-doubt; or the emotional challenge of being far from their comfort zone.

“I was particularly pleased with the high quality team-work that took place when outside of their typical social circles, and I look forward to seeing how these future leaders take what they have learned back to the classroom, and community more broadly,” he said.

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