A beacon of the future

By Lachlan Durling

THIS year’s Beacon leaders were hard at work planning their year on Friday at Echuca-Moama Beacon Foundation’s leadership development day.

The 19 leaders from five schools gathered at CVGT Echuca to get to know one another and learn about the Beacon Foundation.

However this year marks a few special milestones as the foundation has 420 students taking part, the most it has ever had.

And Echuca Specialist School has also joined the group, meaning every secondary school in the Echuca area is taking part.

Beacon co-ordinator Cheryl Sweeney said the networking morning had been a success.

‘‘The students have mixed really well, coming from five different schools, they didn’t know each other but by the end they were a lot more comfortable,’’ she said.

‘‘This day is about setting up the program for the rest of the year and planning the next event — the Beacon Breakfast.’’

The group heard from three past Beacon leaders, who gave advice and tips to the budding representatives.

‘‘I’ve learnt a lot about the Beacon leadership program, this is my first time being in it and so I’m looking forward to learning a lot more,’’ Echuca Specialist School student Zach Phyland said.

‘‘I’ve really enjoyed the day — 100 per cent. Meeting the sponsors and ambassadors has been really good,’’ Echuca College student Imogen Tall said.