St Mary’s Primary School, Mooroopna, hosted the Sandhurst Goulburn Valley Year 6 leadership day on Wednesday, welcoming all Catholic schools from the Goulburn Valley.
St Mary’s principal Anthony Butts said the annual event prepared Year 6 students for the year ahead.
‘‘The leadership day runs at the start of the school year to teach our Year 6 about leadership and give them the opportunity to reflect on their own leadership and how they can impact their schools and other students around them,’’ Mr Butts said.
Four guest speakers were invited to share their experiences with the children.
They were Fablice Manirakiza, Chloe McCardle, Paul Desmond and Fr Rob Galea.
Mr Butts said the speakers talked about making sacrifices to achieve goals, overcoming obstacles and the importance of resilience.
This gave the children a better understanding of their capacity to influence others in their schools and to be a leader, no matter who they were and what role they had in their schools.
Mr Butts said Mr Manirakiza was the first speaker. Students enjoyed listening to his story.
‘‘He is a refugee, rapper and 2016 Young Victorian of the Year, who came from a tragic background, and has a real story of resilience, which I think will surprise the kids,’’ Mr Butts said.
He hoped the children were inspired by the stories they heard on the day.