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Student Induction Ceremony

Malanda Primary School Student Leaders Induction Ceremony
On Wednesday 22 February, Malanda Primary School had their annual Leadership Badge Presentation Ceremony.  Several special guests were invited to attend the ceremony and included local Member of Parliament, Mr Shane Knuth, Tablelands Councillor, Mr Anthony Ball and Malanda State High School Principal, Mr Gary Toshach.  They were joined by Malanda Primary School Principal, Mr Mark Allen and Year 6 teachers, Russell Bransgrove and Melanie Radford, to hand out the very important badges.
The ceremony commenced with a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ which was delivered by local high school student, Le Lai Ketchell.  This was followed by the school choir under the direction of Music teacher, Deanne Mossman, leading the parade with the National Anthem and a very catchy rendition of ‘Absolutely Everybody’ which, according to our school captains, communicated the essence of leadership.  The leadership badges were then presented to the school captains and vice captains, closely followed by the student councillors, sports captains and vice captains.
Malanda Primary School Captains, Ashley Johnston and Morgan Solinas, and Vice-Captains, Kya Panizzutti and Blade Smith delivered a speech entitled ‘What is Leadership?’ which focused on five themes. These included the belief that leaders are confident, leaders get along with others, leaders are persistent, leaders are organized and that leaders are resilient.
After the parade, all of the elected representatives celebrated with a leadership cake and took part in photo opportunities which will preserve the experience for a lifetime.
By Oscar Stow and Neo Davis
Year 6B Student Councillors