Altitude Day

Extraordinary personal growth and leadership development for Year 9.


An annual one-day leadership event held in locations all across Australia.


The event is for ALL Year 9 students, not just those with a leadership position.

Cost: $42+GST per student

Early Bird Offer: $35+GST (Ends 31 March)

Teachers attend free of charge.  

Altitude Day is an annual one-day event created to empower Year 9 students during this important stage in their school journey. Through a blend of inspirational talks and energising group activities, students will learn how to become active and inspiring leaders of their school and community.
Students will gain advice on how to make good choices, build their confidence and make a difference from three inspiring guest speakers, all whilst forming a strong network of peers from schools across the region. Altitude Day provides an environment where students can step outside the classroom to truly understand what it means to be a leader.
Monday 22 May 2017 | Highfields Cultural Centre
Sunshine Coast
Tuesday 23 May 2017 | Events @ Maroochy RSL
Wednesday 24 May 2017 | Town Hall
Gold Coast
Thursday 25 May 2017 | Bond University
Friday 26 May 2017 | Novotel Perth Langley
Monday 29 May 2017 | Showtime Events Centre
Tuesday 30 May 2017 | Tony Ireland Stadium
Wednesday 31 May 2017 | Adelaide Convention Centre
Thursday 1 June 2017 | The Concourse – Civic Pavilion
Friday 2 June 2017 | ANU Commons
All events run from 9am – 2pm with registration commencing at 8:30am.
Our philosophy is that ‘leadership is any action that makes the world we touch a better place’. Each year we find guest speakers who live this philosophy each and every day.
Our 2017 speakers will be announced shortly. Below are some of the amazing leaders who inspired us in 2016.


2016 Speakers


Nic Marchesi & Lucas Patchett– 2016 Young Australians of the Year and founders of Orange Sky Laundry. (Brisbane)
Orange Sky Laundry began in September 2014 and since then, the world first idea has rapidly expanded to five vans in Brisbane, Melbourne, South East Victoria, Sydney and the Gold Coast. Run by over 270 volunteers, the custom fitted vans with two commercial washing machines and two dryers, service over 36 locations and wash over 350 loads each week. A catalyst for bringing people of all walks of life together, Orange Sky facilitates countless hours of conversations each week. In February 2015, they took their mobile laundry to North Queensland to wash clothes in cyclone effected communities. They now plan to expand services Australia-wide with the aim of positively connecting the community and improving the lives of others.


Caitlyn ShadboltCaitlyn Shadbolt – Country Music Singer (Toowoomba)
20-year-old Caitlyn is forging her entry into Australian Country Music. After making The X-Factor’s top 5, the Gympie country star released her debut single, “Maps Out The Window” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2015 which went straight to number 1 on the iTunes country singles chart. With her outgoing personality and “can do” attitude, Caitlyn consistently extends positive energy amongst her peers. She is a role model for other aspiring young female artists and the local youth of the Gympie region, and has a passionate belief in setting goals and working hard to achieve them.


Daniel Flynn WebDaniel Flynn – Cofounder Thankyou Group (Melbourne)
Daniel is the co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou Group, a social enterprise that exists for the sole purpose of funding water, food and health and hygiene projects in the developing world. Daniel has a strong belief that impossibility is only someone’s opinion, not a fact and is passionate about inspiring others to dream big and do what many believe is impossible. In 2014, he was named Victorian Young Australian of the Year.


Rowie McEvoyRowie McEvoy – Max Fitness (Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Playford, Perth)
Rowie is the founder of THE MAX, a group of Private, Prestigious and Exclusive International Fitness Businesses Colleges in Australia and New Zealand. Her business was listed in BRW magazine’s list of The Top 100 fastest growing companies in Australia. From runaway teenager to self-made millionaire, Rowie shares how to do what you love, stand out from the crowd (for the right reasons) and be fit, healthy and strong.


Barnaby Howarth – Former AFL player and stroke survivor (Toowoomba, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Playford)
Barnaby has achieved a lot in life since being diagnosed with diabetes, then suffering a stroke after being bashed in an alcohol-furled gang attack. He played AFL football for the Sydney Swans, filmed two documentaries, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, completed The Kokoda Track and was inducted into the Sydney AFL Hall of Fame. Barnaby is a real person telling a teal story, and people walk away from his presentations with real tools to make them more resilient, happier people.
How many students can I bring?
There is no cap on how many students you can bring to Altitude Day. Schools register anywhere from 10-45 students, sometimes even more.
Can only Year 9 students attend?
Yes, the day has been crafted specifically for Year 9 students. yLead does offer other experiences for other year levels. Please feel free to enquire through our website.
Do the students have to be in a junior leadership role?
No, Altitude Day is for everyone. Even the teachers love it!
What are the times for the day?
All Altitude Days commence at 9:00am SHARP and close at 2:00pm SHARP. We like everyone to arrive by 8:45am to register and for transport pickups to be arranged for after 2:10pm. There will be 2 x 20 minute breaks throughout the day.
Can students attend alone?
Unfortunately not. Whilst we are in the conference space all students are highly engaged but we do request teachers/parents/staff to supervise their students during break times.
What do students need to bring?
Students will need to bring a pen, water bottle and their lunch. An open-mind, a willingness to network and positive energy will also be welcomed at Altitude Day!
Is there a cost for teachers?
Teachers attending are complimentary. We do encourage all to be involved throughout the day. Being part of the activities and networking will allow for the themes and messages from this shared experience to be strengthened back in a school environment.
Parking, drop off and bus zone details.
All registered schools will receive specific event details for their upcoming Altitude Day closer to the date.
Will food and drink be provided?
To ensure Altitude Day can be accessible to as many students as possible, students and teachers are asked to provide their own food and drink as they would on a normal school day. Tea and coffee will be available for teachers throughout the day.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us on 07 3266 2828. Our team loves to chat all things Altitude Day!

Very dynamic, engaging and motivational day to get year 9 students excited about future leadership prospects.

Tony Purvis, Teacher, Rostrevor College

The session gave the students a fresh new way of looking at leadership.

Lyndon Pamy, Teacher, Cabra Dominican College

The energy in the room was electric; the day is targeted at year nine students on their level. It challenges the students by taking them out of their comfort zone.

Jan Cunningham, Teacher, The Southport School



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