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Developing the female leaders of tomorrow

Windaroo Valley State High School's next generation of female leaders.

​Leadership skills are important in our changing world and that’s why Windaroo Valley State High School is building the next generation of strong, female leaders through their Girls Leadership Program.

This program aims to develop leadership potential in Year 8–12 female students, and is proving popular among the girls, with 119 students taking part since the program started in 2011.

Tonia Karpinskaia, experienced senior teacher and Girls Leadership Program coordinator at Windaroo Valley High, said the program has been specifically designed to build female students’ leadership capability in a safe and supported environment while at school.

“The leadership program focuses on many areas of leadership training including self-esteem, confidence, decision making, problem-solving, public speaking and teamwork,” Ms Karpinskaia said.

“We want our students to establish their own understanding of equality, strengthen their ability to strive to achieve their goals, and resist stereotypical thinking.

“Through hands-on activities like presentations, projects, games and debates, we see our girls make huge strides every day which will better equip them for life after school,” she said.

Principal Leonard McKeown said the extra-curricular experiences offered at Windaroo Valley work towards lifting student outcomes.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer this unique academic extension program to our students, and anticipate great things from these girls as they live by example in the community,” Mr McKeown said.

“Importantly, we are already seeing a positive shift in our students’ attitudes towards women in leadership roles.”

According to past participants, this program has helped students to:

  • find a voice
  • build confidence and gain skills to become effective and confident leaders
  • increased confidence, resilience and skills to become less judgmental
  • reinforced a belief in women as capable leaders.

For more information visit the Windaroo Valley State High School website.​

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Last updated
02 October 2018