Samuel Plater, Claudia Crawford and Bill Chaffey at Murwillumbah East Public School for leadership day.
Samuel Plater, Claudia Crawford and Bill Chaffey at Murwillumbah East Public School for leadership day. John Gass

Mur’bah East moulding future leaders

MURWILLUMBAH East Public School had a Tell Us Your Story leadership day for SRC representatives, school captains/councillors and school leaders yesterday.

Schools from around the Tweed were invited to attend.

Special guest Darren Tatersall taught the kids about drawing cartoon characters and animation, while para-triathlete Bill Chaffey spoke about overcoming adversity, in what was an educational experience for all.

"The days all about what's your story, you can do anything you like in life and overcome it," Murwillumbah East Public School teacher Melissa Noble said.

"It is giving the kids different ideas and directions in their life."

Para-triathlete Bill Chaffey was there to talk to the children about his story, how he became paraplegic, where he has come from and the places he's visited since his accident in 2005.

"I'm here to tell kids regardless of things that can happen to you, you can still succeed," Mr Chaffey said.

"One of the first things I always say is don't let a little thing like a broken back get you down."

Student Samuel Planter enjoyed Mr Tatersall's cartoons and the interactive involvement after the speech.

"He told us how to draw everything it was really fun," Samuel said.

"I'm really looking forward to listening to Bill, with everything he has gone through he is still determined to do his best," student Claudia Crawford added.



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