With the tremendous success of the 2016 Hawkesbury-Hills Student Leadership Programme, this year’s Programme will be even greater with Premier Gladys Berejiklin, former Chief of the Defence Force and Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AC AFC (Ret’d), and co-host of Channel 7’s Morning Show Larry Emdur headlining the launch dinner on Thursday 30th March.

The Programme, which was founded in 2014 is now in its third year and is focused on developing strong leadership skills and instilling a spirit of service in year twelve high school students from across Hawkesbury and the Hills.

Each year the Programme concludes with a service project meant to provide a meaningful alternative to the excesses of ‘Schoolies Week.’

“Last year’s participants travelled to Nyangatjatjara College’s campuses near Uluru and Kaltukatjara in the Northern Territory, spending time in the classroom with local Indigenous students and refurbishing the schools.” Mr Perrottet said.

“I am excited to continue this partnership and deepen our relationship with nearby communities.”

Previous participants have been left inspired to care for others, serve the broader community and persevere through challenges that come with embarking on post-school life.

Former Colo High School student and participant from last year’s Programme, Matilda Harry said “Our service work included painting, gardening and general maintenance, whilst also being immersed within the school community. We learnt just as much – if not more – than the students. As a HSC student, it is very easy to get caught up in textbooks. This trip broadened our horizons and we gained an awareness of the inequities faced by Indigenous people.”

“I believe the Hawkesbury and Hills are home to the next generation of world-class leaders in business, industry, sport, media, law, defence and politics and I would be delighted if members of the community were able to join us to launch this year’s Programme” Mr Perrottet said.

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite studentleadershipprogramme.eventbrite.com.au or by contacting the Hawkesbury Electorate Office on (02) 4578 0300.

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