Role model: Melbourne Demons footballer Harrison Petty taught
gratitude and leadership to Tarwin Valley Primary School students
at Meeniyan last Thursday. Pictured with Harrison at the school are
Charlize, Sophie, Matilda and Stacey.
THREE players from the Melbourne Football Club inspired students
of Leongatha and Tarwin Valley primary schools students to become
excellent leaders on Thursday afternoon.
Sam Frost, Kade Chandler and Oscar McDonald met with the schools
Grade 6 leadership team, which included the school, library, arts,
languages, ICT (Information Communication Technology), music,
environment and sports captains.
The students were challenged to list the qualities of a good
Good sportsmanship, enthusiasm, respectfulness and resilience
were identified, which align with the schools values.
Parents and emergency service workers were identified as
admirable leaders in the community.
It was excellent for the students to be able to hear this sort
of information from their sporting idols, teacher Megan Sargant
In Meeniyan last Thursday, students from Tarwin Valley Primary
School welcomed Demons footballers Harrison Petty, Max Gawn, Austin
Bradtke and Meeniyan Dumbalk United Auskick coordinator Stuart
Mackie, teaching gratitude and leadership.
Auskick runs for five to 10 year olds at the Meeniyan Recreation
Reserve on Wednesday nights. The sessions aim to be skill based and
fun at the same time, with Demons players quick to remind students
they themselves started their football careers at Auskick.
Max spoke of the importance of being grateful every day in our
lives. He mentioned his dog who smiles at him upon waking each
morning and his parents as examples of his gratitude.
Students were given the task of completing a gratitude journal,
listing what their favourite things are and why they make them
The AFL requires players contractually to complete a certain
amount of hours at schools for community work, community
coordinator of educational programs for Melbourne Football Club,
Olivia Toms, said.
We have Demons players also attending Shepparton, Foster,
Alberton and the Morning Peninsula.
The community clinics teach health and well being in general,
focussing on proper diet and gratitude.
The schools have a say with question and answer sessions
fostering positive discussions.