BRIGHT FUTURE: Orara High School Year 12 student Jade Shooks returns from a week-long National Aspiring Leaders’ Summit, supported by the Smith Family’s Darrin Allen.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Orara High School Year 12 student Jade Shooks returns from a week-long National Aspiring Leaders’ Summit, supported by the Smith Family’s Darrin Allen.

Summit has Jade lead the way

ABSEILING, public speaking and camping in sub-zero temperatures were just some of the diverse activities Year 12 Orara High School student Jade Shooks took part in at the Outward Bound Australia's National Aspiring Leaders Summit.

Jade was one of just 25 Australian students chosen on their leadership interests to attend the week-long summit from June 10-17.

"I was really shocked… but very excited to be chosen," Jade said.

The summit was held at Outward Bound's National base at Namadgi National Park in the ACT and included a journey-based expedition through the national park.

As well as increasing their leadership and communication skills, Jade was able to seek advice on her individual community project, which she is currently working on outside normal school studies.

Jade said she is planning to start a bullying awareness program to help her fellow students who may be going through a tough time.

"I decided that because I got bullied when I was in Year 9, it was something I wanted to do to help other people," she said.

Jade has now returned armed with the skills and confidence to turn the idea into a reality, which she hopes to begin later this year.

The Outward Bound Australia's national Aspiring Leaders Summit works closely with The Smith Family's Learning for Life Program, which supports disadvantaged children and young people throughout their education.

The Smith Family's Darrin Allen said it was great to see the program providing regional students with opportunities, as well as their city counterparts.

"The summit is about taking students out of their comfort zone and putting them in an environment where they learn how to work with others which is so important to socialisation and their own development," he said.

Mr Allen said it was about working with others to achieve goals.



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