Leadership Day at Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield

On the August 25, 10 students from Year 11 (accompanied by Ms Mirabello) attended Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield, to listen to keynote addresses from former Deputy NSW Police Commissioner Ms Catherine Burn and ultra-marathon athlete, motivational speaker and former Federal politician, The Honourable Patrick Farmer AM.  We had the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with Mr​ Anthony Cleary ​(Director of Religious Education for Sydney Catholic Schools), Ms Anne Marie Elias ​(Chief Disruptor and Advocate for Social Change), Ms Ashley Killeen ​(Head of Marketing for OzHarvest), Hon Patrick Farmer AM ​(Ultra-marathon Athlete, Motivational Speaker and Former Federal Politician),and former Deputy NSW Police Commissioner Ms Catherine Burn.

We thoroughly enjoyed the day and gained an insight into the challenges involved in becoming a leader, as well as gaining knowledge regarding what it means to be an effective leader. When listening to the unique leadership experiences of each guest, we discovered just how much effort truly goes into being a successful and driven leader. As we move into Year 12 and adopt leadership positions within the school, all that we have learnt from this day will be taken with us and applied to our potential leadership positions in order to further enhance our skills. Towards the end of the day we came together in small groups with people from other schools, and it was an amazing opportunity to hear what other people had gained from this experience, allowing us to think about this in conjunction with what we had already gained.

We thank Ms Mirabello for allowing us to attend this event, as well as Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield for their hospitality as well as the invite to their annual leadership day. This was an extremely rewarding and enlightening experience for us all.

Yazmina Rouady and Georgia Robinson, Year 11

Students with Ms Catherine Burn

Students with The Honourable Patrick Farmer AM