2019 Secondary Conferences – Program

The below program was presented in April 2019 at our Secondary Conferences. In 2020 the program will be refreshed with new topics.  If you are interested in any topics that we have presented below from the 2019 program, please visit our Resources page.

All plenary sessions and electives include presentations, activities, discussions, and leadership games.

Sessions are updated every year so that students can attend numerous years if desired.


8.30am Doors Open for All Schools
9.00am SESSION 1
Plenary Session: The People Pathway

This session emphasises that leadership is about people, not position or power. This being the case, we unpack the question “who should a student leader focus on?” To answer this in a practical way this session teaches students how to apply the ‘People Pathway’ model. This tool assists students in understanding the four categories of people on the pathway: self, student leaders, school community and society. As part of the session, students will exchange ideas and experiences with leaders from other schools and commence planning an implementation plan for leading the people on their own pathway.

10.30am Morning Tea
Morning Tea Optional Session: Top Tips for House Captains

A vibrant house system has the potential to be a significant addition to many schools. This optional session is included in the conference to pass on tips that are specific to students assigned to leadership roles within a house structure. The practical advice and video examples will give House Captains strategies to see immediate improvement to their house spirit and involvement.

10.55am SESSION 2
Plenary Session: The Character of a Leader

Before trying to change the world, a leader should always commit to developing their own character. By having sound character, a leader positions themselves to ensure that the influence they have on others is positive. This session will assist student leaders in developing character that is described as having confidence with humility, being others focused, being reliable, and showing empathy.

Electives #1 (choose 1)

Option 1: How to Involve More People in School Events

Every student leader seems to love the prospect of having more people involved in school events. To try and achieve this, leaders almost always focus on improving the event and misunderstand that the focus should always be on people. This workshop equips students with three practical strategies for improving event attendance by focusing on people, with numerous examples from other schools.

Option 2: How to Maximise My Contribution to My Team

Being part of a team is much more than being given a role. Imagine if every member of your student leadership team contributed to their maximum level. This workshop equips students with four practical strategies designed to make every leader a valuable member of the team.

12.30pm Lunch Break
1.00pm SESSION 3
Electives #2 (choose 1)
Option 3: How to Create an Amazing School Culture

Student leaders are uniquely positioned to have a considerable influence on the culture of their school.  By implementing the right strategies, student leaders can genuinely influence the attitudes, behaviours and customs that exist within the student body. By considering examples of other schools, this workshop will examine three helpful approaches to create an amazing culture at any school.

Option 4: How to Choose and Advance a Cause

There are lots of great causes that are worthy of support, so how should student leaders go about selecting the right one? The first part of this workshop takes students through a practical tool for identifying a suitable cause to support. After identifying this cause, the second part of the workshop unpacks the four steps to advance the cause so that the school can make the biggest possible impact.

1.45pm Q&A with GRIP Leadership Team and Final Review
2.30pm Close

(GRIP Leadership reserves the right to make changes to the program in order to make improvements to this conference).