Students develop leadership skills

Working hard: Year 9 students Jake Goggi and Gemma Watt worked with the junior leaders group to renovate the main toilet block. Picture: Simon Bennett
Working hard: Year 9 students Jake Goggi and Gemma Watt worked with the junior leaders group to renovate the main toilet block. Picture: Simon Bennett

Ambarvale High School students are on their way to becoming leaders after working on an innovative project.

Members of the junior leaders group spent almost a year planning, organising and designing significant renovations for the main school toilet block.

The fruits of their work was finally revealed on Friday.

Year 9 student Jake Goggi said working on the project was a massive confidence booster.

“We’ve picked up a lot of skills,” he said.

“Aside from confidence we’ve learned how to make presentations, how to manage our time and work with other people, and people outside school.

“I’m proud that something I’ve been a part of will make a difference to the school.”

The students were given tools and guidance from a professional mentor to design, budget and source quotes for bathroom improvements.

The 30 years 7 to 10 students selected the bathroom as the facet of the school most in need of “refreshing”, Jake said.

Once they had gathered all the necessary information and quotes, the group pitched their project to executive staff and were given approval to proceed with the $70,000 project.

Deputy principal Michele McKenzie said the staff were conscious to give the students a project that would be practical and beneficial to both themselves and the school.

“We weren’t interested in lip service,” she said.

“This was all about developing their leadership skills and putting that into practice.

“We want to give them the tools to make them successful leaders.

“There was a lot of collaboration involved in the project.”

Ms McKenzie said the entire project was run and driven by the students with minimal teacher involvement.

She is proud of the work they have accomplished and looks forward to the next phase of the project.

“Next we’ll see the block personalised,” she said.

“There will be fancy new mirrors and we’ll be able to include a collection of artworks that can be moved around.”