Bathurst student Niamh McAdam takes part in Secretary for a Day

LEARNING: Niamh McAdam of Bathurst High and Elijah Smythe of Orange High shared duties with Michele Hall as part of Secretary for a Day.

LEARNING: Niamh McAdam of Bathurst High and Elijah Smythe of Orange High shared duties with Michele Hall as part of Secretary for a Day.

A BATHURST student had the unique opportunity to be a senior executive in the NSW Department of Education recently as part of the 2017 Secretary for a Day program.

Year 11 student Niamh McAdam, from Denison College Bathurst High Campus, shadowed Michele Hall as the director of Aboriginal education and communities as she took part in meetings and attended a forum to discuss student leadership and wellbeing in the department’s Sydney offices.

Niamh was one of only 20 students statewide chosen to take part in the program.

NSW Department of Education secretary Mark Scott said the program taught Years 9, 10 and 11 students about the challenges and rewards of working in senior management.

Niamh was selected on the strength of her written application, which outlined her leadership experience, interests and what she hoped to learn, and on the endorsement of her principal, Ken Barwick.

“Niamh is an exceptional student who gives her best in everything she does, succeeding academically, musically and on the sporting field,” Mr Barwick said.

“She is a passionate advocate of public education and takes every opportunity to improve life for our students at our school.”

Secretary for a Day is a component of Education Week.

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