Matthew leads pack in program selection

The award-winning Year 10 student�s application for the Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Program stood out from more than 120 received by Curtin University.

Matthew demonstrated leadership ability inside and outside his school in a number of ways.

He is the lead violinist for the Collegium Ensemble of the WA Youth Orchestra, plays violin and flute in the school concert band and sings with a rock band.

Matthew said music was a big part of his life.

�I raised money through busking to fund a school excursion to Canberra,� he said.

�I�m also interested in the technical aspects of sound and am responsible for managing the school sound system at assemblies, Anzac Day services, concerts and performances.�

As a school counsellor last year, he said his role involved supporting other students through difficult times.

Matthew said he would like to see a greater awareness of mental illness and he represented the school at the Zero to Hero program, educating young people about the importance of mental wellbeing.

�I want people to be aware that even if you are okay, it does not mean the person next to you is okay,� he said.

Matthew�s many achievements include citizenship, academic and arts awards.

Selection for the free, residential program was particularly competitive this year.

The calibre of students who applied was outstanding, said Curtin University media officer Joanne Peckitt.

Students� answers were ranked based on leadership experience, commitment to community and their vision for a better future for Western Australia. They also participated in physical training.

Matthew said teachers were important role models and he thanked education assistant Dee Bretnall for being an important mentor in his life.