National Young Leaders Day


On Friday 9 March 2018 Mrs Pontillo and I had the great pleasure of accompanying our sixteen student leaders to the National Young Leaders Day at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The students had a wonderful day listening to four motivating and inspiring speakers who shared their wisdom and knowledge about leadership. I have included their main messages below:



John Coutis

Speaker and Mentor

  • Treat  people the way you wish to be treated
  • Responsibility – know what is right, know what is wrong, IT’S YOUR CHOICE

Dr Fiona Wood

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in burn care, trauma and scar  reconstruction

  • Use your gifts to help others
  • Keep learning how to improve your best

Andrew Embley

West Coast Premiership Player

  • Make the most of any opportunity you are given
  • Talent is important but you also need work ethic

Rick Ardon

News Presenter

  • You will make mistakes, don’t try and cover it up, admit to it and LEARN from it
  • Don’t be silent about bullying, be conscious of everyone else and their feelings


The students engaged in all of the activities and took copious notes. Some of their ‘take home’ messages were:


  • On Friday 9 March we went to the Young Leaders Day. I loved all the speakers who inspired me with their speeches. I also loved the silent disco and representing our school. The important lesson I learnt was to never give up no matter what you do or who you are. – Ellira


  • On Friday 9 March the student leaders went to the National Young Leaders Day. We all had an amazing day and we got to meet fantastic speakers. We also had a great silent disco. – Dillon


  • We all had an amazing day on Friday. The inspirational speakers were the best. They talked about their school life and how they go to where they are today. At the breaks there was an awesome silent disco that I’m pretty sure all the students loved, but the most important thing the speakers told us was to never give up even when you feel like it. – Adele


  • I loved going to the National Young Leaders Day because it was inspirational listening to the speakers and I loved the silent disco. It was also an honour to represent my school and the most important lesson I learnt was never give up no matter who you are and what you do. - Mya


  • On the 9 March 2018 the National Young Leaders Day finally arrived. There were four speakers John Coutis, Fiona Wood, Andrew Embley and Rick Ardon.

We had to get to school at 7.30am so we could leave at 7.45am. After 45 minutes of traveling in the bus we arrived at 8.30am. When we got inside there were lots of people and then came up John Coutis, he was really funny but unfortunately he had his legs amputated. He was my favourite.


Then it was first break and there was a silent disco and people getting signatures from John. It was quarter past 11 already and we had more disco fun.


Then came up Dr Fiona Wood, she was the person who invented spray on skin for burns. After that Andrew Embley came on to the stage in front of hundreds of schools. He is famous for being the West Coast Eagles Vice Captain from years 2004-2007. After he finished it was finally the second break after sitting down and taking notes for two hours.


 Last but not least there was Rick Ardon, he was and still is a news presenter and reporter for Channel 7 News.


After a brilliant day of fun we went back to school on a little 24 seater bus. - Blake


Congratulations to the student leaders on their engagement and behaviour on the day. We can’t wait to see what fantastic work you do this year for Phoenix PS.


Francesca Coen

Deputy Principal


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