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Published on March 11th, 2015 | by St Peter's College


Fourth National Student Leadership Summit


Friday 13 March, 2015

Largest fully student run National Leadership Summit challenges narrow-minded view of Australia’s youth.

116 student leaders from 33 Catholic, Independent and Government High Schools will join forces for one day to determine their school’s vision, mission and impact by reflecting on their hopes and plans for the future.

Building student leadership capabilities and unlocking strengths of individuals and communities will be the focus of a one-day leadership summit hosted at St Peter’s College, Adelaide on Friday 13 March 2015.

Co-chaired by St Peter’s College Captain, Sam Beer, and Vice Captain, Alasdair McCall, the leadership day has been inspired by high level summits organised by the United Nations.

“We wanted to ask our peers what they were most proud of about their school. When planning the day we also wanted to capture what each school deeply cared about and what have been the most exciting opportunities as student leaders in 2015” said Sam Beer.

Alasdair McCall stressed: “We wanted to hold each other accountable as leaders and will ask each participant to paint their understanding of success”.

The day will also include a presentation from Professor David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia, focusing on experiences he has had as a leader and building transformative cultures.

“School leaders can often act in isolation. We wanted to provide an opportunity for Captains and Vice Captains across the nation to come and share their ideas” said Sam.

In planning the day, Sam and Alasdair said that they were determined to share the energy, hope and optimism for the future with the broader community.

“We plan to publish a White Paper using the output of the day to share with the broader community. We hope that others will want to hear the voice of a new generation” said Alasdair.

St Peter’s College Headmaster, Mr Simon Murray, congratulated the boys on their initiative:

“I often hear people saying that young people are not engaged in solving challenges in their local community. The efforts of our Captain and Vice Captain demonstrate that this is not the case at all. This has been Sam and Alasdair’s idea all along.”

“This Summit gives us a great source of optimism that Australia’s future will be in the hands of young men and women like this. The views of such a diverse group cannot be overlooked”.

For further information, please contact Rhianan Murphy at St Peter’s College on 8404 0524 or

  • The National Student Leadership Summit was launched in 2012
  • This is the 4th National Student Leadership Summit
  • The National Student Leadership Summit is totally student designed, delivered and managed
  • This year’s participants come from South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.
  • Previous guest speakers have included: former South Australian Governor Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC, CSC, RANR; Matthew Cowdrey OAM and Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum (rtd)

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