GAINING CONFIDENCE: Rockhampton State High School student Macey Knowles and her fellow Year 9 classmates, L-R Courtney Flesser, Chloe Tomkins, Shayla Clark, Breanna Warby, Katana Mook, and Sharna Parsons, have gained leadership skills from attending the schools Y Bloom program.
GAINING CONFIDENCE: Rockhampton State High School student Macey Knowles and her fellow Year 9 classmates, L-R Courtney Flesser, Chloe Tomkins, Shayla Clark, Breanna Warby, Katana Mook, and Sharna Parsons, have gained leadership skills from attending the schools Y Bloom program. Chris Ison Rokcbloom

Program helps Rockhampton girls develop confidence

CONFIDENCE and leadership were two top priorities Macey Knowles was looking to tackle through a program at her school.

And the Rockhampton State High School student has done just that.

Macey and some of her fellow Year 9 female students took part in Y Bloom - a program designed to improve the girl's leadership skills and confidence through different workshops.

Macey, 15, and her group have been busy for eight weeks working on a project that would see them write a proposal for a girl's camp.

"We looked on the internet for accommodation, talked to bus companies and looked at a budget," Macey said.

The girls even had a conference with their principal about their endeavour. Macey explained how the project showed them to take the lead and problem solve.

"We learnt how to break down negative self talk; and the course helped with our confidence" Macey said.

It wasn't only a girls' camp project that the girls looked into. One group started a pay it forward campaign by making cupcakes with positive messages and a feel-good note to hand out around the school to brighten up students' days'.

Another project saw a group write an animal rights awareness book for children, with help from animal agent contacts.

Macey said the best part was working with friends who helped along the way.



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