MEDIA RELEASE AND INVITATION:
National Student Leadership Event Being Held Locally
The ‘GRIP Student Leadership Conference’ is an annual one-day conference that brings together several hundred student leaders from dozens of local schools. The local event is one of 90 conferences being held around New Zealand and Australia in which a total of 30,000 students will participate.
Local media are invited to visit the conference for interviews and photos with the facilitators and students.
DATE AND VENUE
|Dunedin||11th November 2015||Dunedin Public Art Gallery|
|Christchurch||12th November 2015||The Celebration Events Centre|
|Wellington||13th November 2015||Pipitea Marae & Function Centre|
|Palmerston North||16th November 2015||Palmerston North Convention Centre|
|Rotorua||17th November 2015||Millennium Hotel Rotorua|
|Auckland||18th November 2015||Vodafone Events Centre (SOLD OUT)|
This one-day conference runs from 9.15am-2.20pm and media are welcome at any time.
No appointment is required. Please make yourself known to a ‘GRIP Leadership’ staff member at the information table. This staff member will be able to assist in assembling facilitators and students for photos and interviews as desired.
To view the conference program with a breakdown of times and topics CLICK HERE
THE PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE
The GRIP Student Leadership Conference is an opportunity for students from a wide variety of schools to gather together and gain new leadership skills and ideas. The discussions and activities enable students to learn from leaders at other schools and the interactive presentations allow everyone to learn practical strategies for contributing to a school community.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CONFERENCE
- Main presentations from the GRIP Leadership team
- Discussion and interaction between students of all schools
- Students sharing ideas on stage
- Video clips with helpful ideas
- Leadership games and activities
- Planning time- using the conference workbook
Students from goverment, Catholic, and independent schools are all participating in the conference. Contact email@example.com to request a list of schools participating for a specific location. We will gladly email this list for media purposes.
HOW THE CONFERENCE CAME ABOUT
The first GRIP Student Leadership Conference was held 10 years ago, and it has grown to now become an annual event in over 60 towns and cities in Australia and New Zealand. Schools attending their local event are part of a much larger group of over 2000 schools who participate in the exact same program.
The name, GRIP Leadership, stands for the four core values of the team and the conference:Generosity, Responsibility, Integrity, People.
SOME QUOTES FROM THE TEAM
“The conference is not designed to make students wait until they are adults to be great leaders, it is focused on what someone can do tomorrow back at school.” Andrew Strong- GRIP Leadership Director
“It’s a privilege for us to see the faces of student leaders light up as they discover new ways they can contribute positively to their school. In just a few hours we watch students make the shift in their mind that leadership is not about their position, but rather about an opportunity.” Ronan McGinniss- GRIP Leadership Director
CLICK HERE to view a quick 2 minute video of the conference in action (in the past).
Please contact Ronan McGinniss with any enquiries via email firstname.lastname@example.org or the GRIP Leadership office on 64-9-951 9689 (however an appointment is not required.)