Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

News December 2018 – Pages 2 & 3 Love each other with genuine affecƟon, and take delight in honoring each other. – Romans 12:10 By Jenni Kennedy Catholic Education Office Sandhurst MORE than 350 student leaders from Bendigo Catholic Schools took part in a leadership day at St Kilian’s Primary school on Friday, October 26. The forum promoted the leader- ship skills of the Grade 5 students who will become school leaders in 2019. Guest speakers included former child soldier, Fablice Manirakiza and Paralympian Sam Brennan. Both speakers provided a keynote address before a more informal question and answer session with students. Fablice Manirakiza grew up as a child soldier in war-torn Burundi. In 2007 he escaped his country, arriving in Australia as a refugee to build his life in music. Now a rap icon among Australian youth, he has performed at concerts and workshops across Australia, East Timor and Africa. Fablice’s life has been filled with struggle and heart- break but he is using his story to inspire others to make a difference. Sam Bramham is an accomplished athlete having competed at two Paralympic games, winning gold at both Athens and Beijing, five medals in total, including two silver and a bronze. Sam has travelled the world claim- ing gold medals, breaking records and experiencing sporting events across the globe. In 2009 Sam was awarded with the Order of Australia Medal for services to his country and for being a role model for his younger team mates. Students from St Peter’s North Bendigo, St Kilian’s Bendigo, Holy Rosary White Hills, St Therese’s Kennington, St Joseph’s Quarry Hill, St Liborius’ Eaglehawk, Marist College Bendigo, St Francis of the Fields Strathfieldsaye joined for the leadership day. The leadership program is designed to assist students to become positive role models and to develop the necessary qualities to become effective school leaders in 2019. Rear: Sebastian Haigh (St Kilian’s Bendigo), Sam Bramham, Fablice Manirakiza and Campbell MacKenzie (St Joseph’s Quarry Hill). Front Sammy Brasher (Marist College Bendigo), Cleo Hall (St Therese’s Kennington), Phoenix Gordon (St Francis of the Fields Strathfieldsaye), Mady Jones (St Peter’s), Ayrton Fillipi (Holy Rosary White Hills) and Olivia Wall (St Liborius Eaglehawk). Student leaders join