Students Inspired during Leadership Sessions

    Posted November 2nd 2016

    More than 40 senior Wainuiomata High School students graduated from a leadership programme with Ignite Sport recently. The Year 12 and Year 13 students participated in four sessions during the year, each with a different focus on leadership.


    Programme coordinator Elieta Taito says none of the students had taken part in an Ignite Sport programme previously but all were keen to learn about leadership and participate in the sports and activities during the workshops.

    The aspects of leadership studied included:

    • Different leadership roles
    • How to lead effectively
    • What defines a leader
    • Communication skills
    • Team work with different leaders.

    Dame Susan Devoy addressed the students at their last, graduation, session.  She talked about what leadership meant to her in her role both as a world squash champion and as A human Rights Commissioner.


    The students were asked what they learnt during the programme, here are some of the responses:

    • The leadership lessons I have learnt from this programme are to be brave and speak up. Not be the loudest or the most ‘dominant’ in your group is okay. There are other ‘jobs’ that you can do.
    • A leader is someone who learns from their mistakes and someone who stands up for the underdog. To be brave and speak up for what you believe in. To treat the person the way you expect to be treated.
    • Being a leader isn’t about being controlling and arrogant.
    • To be a leader you have to stand out and be different, people will join you and listen and engage.
    • I will recognize the people who need help and speak up for what I believe is wrong and what I believe is right.
    • You have to stand up to be a leader even if your by yourself and takes hard work to be a leader for people.


    Wainuiomata Leadership graduation article