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The Student Leadership Programme

April 2014 Dinner

The Honourable Tom Bathurst comes to the Hills

The programme, initiated by local MP, Dominic Perrottet, has been established to instil in the electorate’s school leaders, the idea of being a service to others. In brief to give of oneself and not seek reward, best sum up the ambitions of the programme.

The monthly dinners, held with some of the nation’s significant leaders, has already brought to Castle Hill, the likes of Commissioner Andrew Scipione, businessman David Kirk and now His Hon, Justice Bathurst. Josh Conway, a year 12 student from Gilroy College said, “Yet another great dinner full of insightful tips and thoughts on leadership. It is interesting to see the different types of leadership ideologies that each mentor has, the development of our own leadership skills are in full swing as we are able to hear from some of the great leaders of Australia.”

Dining at the Madison’s Function Centre Dural, the Hon Tom Bathurst who was appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales on 1 June 2011, informed the students that “Leadership is not about a continual stream of success, failures are just as important, they give you experience, and a story to tell.”

The Chief Justice was admitted as a barrister in 1977, specialising in corporate law and litigation and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. His considerable experience in corporate law saw his appointment as a member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel (2006-2011).

Next month the students will be addressed by former Prime Minister, The Hon Mr John Howard AC.