2023 Secondary Program

THEME: We Lead Everybody

All plenary sessions and electives include presentations, activities, discussions, and leadership games.

Sessions are updated every year so that students can attend numerous years if desired.



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Plenary Session: Making Your School a Great Place for Everybody

A school is a great place when it embraces everybody. When a school comes together there is a sense of vibrancy. When all students feel welcome there is an environment of positivity. When students create a broad range of friendships, they become more rounded as people. Student leaders play a key role in creating this place, and during this topic we will explore four things for student leaders to focus on. A practical tool will be used to help plan for potential improvements that are identified during the topic.


Morning Tea


Morning Tea Optional Session: Ideas for Bringing Assemblies Alive

School assemblies are important, but that doesn’t mean that they need to feel flat. This short session will include some quick videos and practical tips to help bring your assemblies alive. If you are involved in organising school assemblies, year group assemblies, or house assemblies, you will find this optional session helpful. It will only go for the first 10-15 minutes of the break so that you can still get some fresh air afterwards.




Plenary Session: The People a Leader Can Impact the Most

Student leaders always aim to have a positive impact, but it can be disheartening if there are students in the broader student body who show little interest. This topic will look at how student leaders can gain momentum by focusing first on three key categories where they will have an immediate impact. These are: people who already look up to you, people left out by others, and people who are like minded.


Electives #1 (choose 1) 

Option 1: How to Get Everybody Participating in Big Events

Every student leadership team wants to see greater participation in the events that they organise. The solution isn’t to just keep putting up more posters, nor is it dragging along students who don’t want to be there. This workshop unpacks three practical strategies that lead to greater participation, with numerous examples from other schools. 

Option 2: How to Make Every Student Feel Valued

Being a student leader shouldn’t only be about ‘doing things’ if none of it actually leads to students feeling comfortable and valued. This workshop identifies three of the common mistakes that leaders make without realising it, and how to replace these with three positive strategies. It’s a serious topic, but as a workshop this is lots of fun.


Lunch Break




Electives #2 (choose 1)

Option 3: How to Get Everybody on Board With a New Idea

Do you have a new idea for your school, and you are a bit nervous about whether it will get the support that it needs to go ahead? There is no ‘quick fix,’ but this workshop gives strategies for getting your school staff on board, as well as your fellow leaders and the broader student body.

Option 4: How to Replace Conflict with Unity

This will be a helpful workshop if you would like to see more unity within the leadership team, amongst year groups, or between friendship groups who seem to clash. This workshop unpacks five tips to apply to any of these situations. Even though this topic is about conflict, there will be lots of laughs and activities to enjoy.


Q&A with GRIP Leadership Team and Final Review



GRIP Leadership reserves the right to make changes to the program in order to make improvements to this conference.