At the end of Term 2, the MET school leaders were privileged to receive an invitation from the Government to attend their NSW Leadership Program at NSW Parliament House. The New South Wales Parliament House organises this School Leadership Day several times each year.
The day was brilliant with about one hundred school leaders from various schools ranging from privileged private schools to the run-of-the-mill public schools. All assembled in one room to hear sound advice from Members of Parliament about the keys to successful leadership. We then witnessed the Upper House and Lower House in sitting, and received a mention in both. After a break for lunch, we walked to the Government House which is nestled in the botanical gardens – the residence of the Governor of NSW; His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d). The house is built much like a castle as it was designed by the same architect who built Windsor Castle in England. We had a guided tour of the house and the gardens. We then met the Governor David Hurley and his wife who told us about how he became the Governor and what his roles were.
The Governor explained his view on successful leadership which was supported by decades of experience in both Military and Political Environments. All in all, it was a fulfilling and worthwhile day during which much knowledge was imparted that will provide us as official leaders with further skills and allow us to pass it on to the many who lead without the badge.