The Student Leadership Programme

February 2014 Dinner

Police Commissioner Scipione hosts first mentoring dinner for the 2014 Castle Hill Leadership Programme

The Program was officially launched in November 2013 at Castle Hill RSL with MC Ray Hadley, the Premier of NSW Barry O’Farrell and Patron to the Programme Governor-General Designate General Peter Cosgrove.

The programme is focussed on developing leadership skills and instilling a spirit of service in leading senior high-school students across The Hills Shire.

Commissioner Scipione provided the students with a fifteen minute presentation on leadership and his experiences in his position as Police Commissioner and his responsibilities as a husband and father.

Mr Perrottet was very grateful to Commissioner Scipione for being part of the Programme “the key message I took from the Commissioner’s address to the students was that if you lose your integrity you have nothing left. Not just something the students can learn but something for everyone and particularly in my own professional area of politics or those involved in serving the community at large.”

Mr Perrottet said that “the ability for the students to ask questions over dinner in a casual setting provided a comfortable environment for the students to hear and learn from the Commissioner on the challenges of leadership.”

Samantha Marshall of Gilroy Catholic College presented the Commissioner with a gift on behalf of the students and said “following the first of the Programme’s many dinners, I’m sure that every one of the participating students walked away with a renewed vision of leadership as well as some practical suggestions on being the best possible representatives of ourselves, our schools and our country.”

“Commissioner Scipione’s insight and experience in leadership roles within the police force provides an example to us students of the virtues of service and dedication.”

“We are deeply thankful to Commissioner Scipione and Dominic Perrottet, as well as Criniti’s and other supporting organisations involved with making this Programme possible as this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The next mentoring dinner will be hosted by David Kirk, former World Cup winning Rugby Captain and current businessman, at the Hills Lodge on 20 March.