GIVING their best to themselves, their peers and their school was the theme of a leadership event this week - for children.
The GRIP Student Leadership Conference took place at the Tamworth town hall, drawing schools from not only the local areas but also as far away as Scone and Narrabri.
Among the Gunnedah area schools represented were eight students from Boggabri Public School, whose assistant principal said it was a "very fun and inspirational way to instil some leadership qualities into students and give them a motivation for where they can go and how they do that".
Jacqui McInerney said the annual event was a must on the school calendar, as it helped the school and sports captains develop leadership skills such as responsibility, empathy and goal-setting.
Other desirable qualities in the school's young leaders were understanding "how they can positively influence their peers and other students ... and their ability to have an influence and change their community," Mrs McInerney said.
"[The conference had students] focusing on their own strengths, and giving their best assets as part of a team and working together, collaboratively, to get to certain goals," she said.
The leadership event is aimed at students in upper primary school, particularly those in Year 6.
The topics this year were Developing Myself to Lead, Making a Difference to My Team and Making a Difference to My School.
Mrs McInerney said the event had already made an impact on the youngsters' outlook.
"They're actually thinking about things at school they can change that are achievable - but also, some of the bigger things happening in society, they're starting to tick over and think how they can have influence over that to assist our community."