On Friday 13 October 2017 seventeen Northholm student Rural Fire Cadets graduated at a special assembly, where they were presented with their certificates by Principal, Lynne Guthridge and Matt Kean MP (State Member for Hornsby).
The theory and practical skills taught in the program aim to develop the critical qualities of leadership, self-discipline, initiative and team work.
But a program like this doesn’t run itself. Teacher and Dural Brigade member, Dr Michelle Gleeson, who led the students, praised the Volunteer Instructors and their Brigades for providing their time, expertise and trucks to enrich the student’s experience. “We calculated there was over 130 years’ worth of RFS Volunteer experience on hand to guide the Cadets.” said Dr Gleeson. At the assembly she also thanked the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rural Fire Service, for their logistical support, and Hornsby Shire Council for their wider logistical and funding support of the Hornsby Kuring-Gai Rural Fire Service.
In the past, some school cadets have gone on to join their local Brigade, a tradition that Northholm is sure will continue in the future.