AS the old saying goes, leaders aren't born, they're made, and the leaders of the future were learning what it takes yesterday when South Grafton Public School held its student leadership training day for Year 6 students.

Teacher Jolene Rouse said the day was an opportunity for the kids to learn valuable life skills.

"Hopefully today will be one of the days they remember," she said.

"They've looked at how they can work better within themselves and some little challenges they can set for themselves, what they can do as part of a group, what they can do as part of the school and what we can all do in the community.

"Each kid in Year 6 is a badged PRIDE leader and this training will help them become better leaders and show some opportunities they need to grab throughout the year."

South Grafton Public School has run the leadership program for a number of years, but this year was the first to feature GRIP Leadership, an independent organisation from Sydney that specialises in training and developing leadership skills in students.

GRIP Leadership managing director Andrew Strong said it was important for the students to learn good leadership skills.

"We want them to know they can have an influence as leaders," he said.

"It's not just about people with a leadership position at the school.

"Everyone can be a leader and grow as a leader.

"The school wants everyone to be a leader, and for everyone to benefit from the training."

Mr Strong said he hoped the students would be able to take the skills they learnt and apply them throughout the rest of the year.

South Grafton Public School principal Peter Hickey said the seminar was a valuable lesson for the students, who had fun while they were learning. "This is a great opportunity for students to develop leadership skills that will continue on throughout the year," he said.



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