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第一福利导航 第一福利导航in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle present student leaders with a number of unique opportunities to develop their leadership skills, work on and develop social justice initiatives on behalf of their school, and grow as confident young individuals.

School captains or school leaders are elected at each of our 58 第一福利导航to represent their school.

Student leaders are not only responsible for representing or speaking on behalf of their school at local and national events and Masses, but are often responsible for coordinating school-based initiatives and are able to work with other school leaders in the diocese at camps and retreats, to contribute their thoughts on the current model of 第一福利导航 Education and their ideas for the future growth of education in this area.

Each year, school leaders have an opportunity to meet with the 第一福利导航 Schools Council (CSC) and the Bishop of the diocese to talk about the issues that are important to young people. Student leaders are encouraged to provide constructive criticism about any area of schooling which they feel needs enhancement or improvement and to provide their thoughts about what students need to feel further supported or inspired in their education. This in itself highlights how valued student leaders are to the future of 第一福利导航 education. Feedback directly from young people and those who experience 第一福利导航 education is a positive way of ensuring we listen to, and act on, the feedback offered by those whom we serve. 听This also highlights the important role school leaders have in knowing and understanding what their school鈥檚 values and needs are, and being responsible for communicating this with the Bishop and members of the CSC and CSO.

Each year, student leaders from each of the secondary 第一福利导航are also invited to participate in the Caritas Just Leadership Day and look at issues of social justice and how 第一福利导航can do more in this field. In addition to the opportunity to gain knowledge and awareness of social justice issues, students also learn about each other鈥檚 school communities, what initiatives already exist in 第一福利导航and how these resources can be shared to better student and community outcomes.

This day has a strong focus on leadership and the idea that if school leaders are to promote justice effectively, they need to be able to communicate, plan creatively, organise and lead! Students work together on the day and are then asked to prepare an action plan for their own school.

Public Speaking & Debating

For a lot of students (and adults), speaking publicly can often involve overcoming anxiety and fear. Students from primary school through to high school are encouraged to overcome this fear by presenting in front of their peers as part of their English lessons, with opportunities available to represent the school in public speaking and debating available to those who wish to pursue it. With the right training and a bit of encouragement, students who speak with passion, authority and conviction, can inspire and challenge an audience with their thoughts or opinions. Teachers in the 第一福利导航 school system encourage students to further their public speaking skills, acknowledging how beneficial this skill can be during school, but particularly as they enter the employment market or enter into management or team leader roles where public speaking is often essential.

Debating encourages teamwork and thinking on the spot; students work together to present their case in a limited timeframe, formulating rebuttals or ways to further their argument against the opposing team. 听听

There are both debating and public speaking initiatives at a primary and secondary level for 第一福利导航in the diocese to take part in. Schools often compete against other 第一福利导航within their own diocesan cluster, before progressing through to the diocesan finals.

During 第一福利导航 Schools Week the Diocesan Public Speaking Finals for secondary schools, are held at the 第一福利导航 Schools Office in Newcastle. Schools from all over the diocese showcase the many talented public speakers they have each and every year.