Perth College Leadership Camp was founded in 2018 between Perth College and Burn Bright. We are proud to announce that Perth College Leadership Camp will run for its sixth year in 2023. PCLC is a highly interactive, challenging and motivating program that brings together students from across Western Australia. The program focuses on developing personal character and a sense of value, identity and purpose whilst also enhancing leadership and character resiliency skills.
Over four jam-packed days, PCLC will delve into values, grit, service and vision to enable leadership growth and development. What makes PCLC come alive is the small group experience enabling mentored discussion and reflection. This unique opportunity allows students to unpack the highly engaging keynote speakers, interactive seminars and outdoor team challenges that make up the remainder of the program.
VALUES. SERVICE. GRIT. VISION.
Each day at PCLC is framed around a particular theme; values, grit, service and vision. Each of these themes we believe form the foundation of leadership. To help us explore the particular theme of the day the program (see below) is written to enhance, excite and challenge students understanding. We don’t just operate in the realm of ideas though, we believe in being able to take these ideas and apply them into leadership straight away!
The program is jam packed and designed to make the most of the 4 days we have together. Throughout the 4 days students are broken into small groups of about 10 other students. These small groups are lead by 2 to 3 mentors who are specifically chosen by Burn Bright and Perth College. The program is designed to have a variety of elements to create a holistic experience for everyone who attends. Each day students participate in small group discussions, large teamwork based group challenges, listen to inspiring speakers from around Australia and are challenged and encouraged to think about what leadership means for them.
In previous years a wide and diverse range of speakers have shared their story with students at PCLC. Past speakers included Marie Anne-Keffe, Anne O’Neil, Luisa Wing, Dean Dell’oro and Tracy Vo! There are lots of surprises in store for 2023! Watch this space.
Our fabulous and amazing team are the people who bring PCLC to life! We are lucky to have Burn Bright volunteers and Perth College Old Girls who come from all parts of Australia and New Zealand. These people give up their time because they understand and know the impact PCLC has on young people. Many of the mentor team first experienced a Burn Bright camp as a delegate and have been doing everything they can to come back and serve the next generation of young people!
If you wish to apply to attend PCLC 2023 you will need to complete the application form when it is opened. Once you have registered and completed your student profile, you’ll be ready to go to attend PCLC 2023. Registrations opening soon!
Returning student applications for 2023 are now open. To apply as a returning student you must have attended PCLC in 2022. Complete the application form in the link below and select that you are a returning student (you attended PCLC in 2022) and then complete the registration form by following the links. Once this form has been submitted your application will be complete.
A teacher, community member or a parent registers a young person to attend PCLC, through the online registration form, accessed to the left.
Once registered, the parent / guardian and the student will receive a welcome pack with all the relevant information about PCLC.
A few weeks out from camp delegates will be contacted with their pre camp packs.
The young person attends PCLC at Perth College in January.
To apply to be a mentor you MUST no longer be at school in 2023 and you must live in WA or be certain you will be in WA at the time of PCLC (with COVID border restrictions). If you wish to apply to attend PCLC as a mentor 2023 you will need to complete the application form in the link below. Once you have applied you will receive an email to confirm your form has been submitted. Closer to the time of the camp Burn Bright and Perth College will select the most suitable mentors for 2023. Applications close TBA.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL MENTORS WHO APPLY MAY BE ACCEPTED AS WE HAVE A CAP ON OUR MENTOR NUMBERS. Applications are not yet open for 2023.
If you have any questions about PCLC or the application process please contact our office at (02) 8070 9217 OR email@example.com.
At this stage PCLC is still going ahead as planned in 2023. However, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, should COVID-19 restrictions prevent PCLC from going ahead then a full refund will be issued to all girls.
Depending on the COVID-19 restrictions in WA at the time of PCLC we will ensure that all government and Perth College requirements are followed at all times during the camp. A COVID-19 management plan will be created and communicated to all staff and students before coming to PCLC, which will outline the measures that will be in place during camp.
PCLC ’23 has a maximum capacity of 100 student attendees, including 12 returning delegates from the past year’s camp. Generally the first 100 young people to register will be accepted. If an application is declined, full payment will be returned.
Any girl in year 11 or year 12 in 2023 across WA who wishes to invest a week of their school holidays in building strong relationships, wants to better understand who they are and what they stand for, and who desires to enhance their leadership potential, should attend.
PCLC has an adult to student ratio of 1:4. We ensure that we have a highly trained and skilled group of volunteers and Burn Bright employees who are on hand to ensure the experience is unforgettable for all students who attend. During the camp students are broken into a small group of about 10 other students with 2 dedicated adult leaders. We have a camp counsellor on site 24/7 for any issues that may arise during the time away at camp. It is a requirement that every leader and team member who steps onsite at PCLC has a valid Working With Children Check and has passed a National Police Check.
I found Burn Bright in the midst of studying civil engineering at the University of Wollongong, just as I wanted a richer, deeper, more full experience of life.
Through Burn Bright, I have met many students and volunteers who are all seeking to find their place in the world. When we come together at NLC or SLC, no matter our age, we begin on the same page, of wanting to do good for ourselves, our community, and the world. And then we are thrown into a program that brings us closer to each other, our purpose, and how to bring forth this impact. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.
Volunteering with Burn Bright stoked a fire in me – It helped me feel comfortable in myself and made me realise life isn’t just about work, study, or productivity, but our relationships and how we connect with others along the way.
I have learned skills in videography, worked for a top-tier corporation in marketing, and most recently published a book called “18 and lost? So were we”
I have a passion for storytelling, bring loads of energy wherever I go, and am dedicated to helping young people move through the initiation of leaving high school and going into the ‘real world’.
The best part for me is being able to stay connected to the latest generation growing through high school. To see them grow, expand and express more of themselves is like watching an artwork paint itself. It’s magic.
I am Simon Thurston, a Kiwi based in Perth. I work as an Instructional Designer and in my spare time I enjoy reading, running, and board games.
Since my initial connection to Burn Bright I have been onboard with their mission. Burn Bright’s focus on building the capabilities enables students of all ages to see how they can shape their world through connections with others and their own self discovery.
Seeing others grow, learn, and open up is what keeps me coming back, to help others realise their potential and how they can influence their future and their community is a definite highlight. It’s infectious, the atmosphere when they run a program or camp is welcoming, exciting, emotional, and rewarding all in one.
Hi, friends! I’m Kelsie, a psychologist from central QLD working in private practice. I got involved with Burn Bright officially in 2016, but the journey started long before that. I attended the National Leadership Camp (now hosted annually by Burn Bright) in 2009. It had such a profound impact on me that I returned as a mentor and volunteer. Those connections ultimately lead me to joining the Burn Bright team as an adult.
When I transitioned from facilitating with the Burn Bright team to working as a psychologist, I was so grateful for an incredible foundation of skills (particularly facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills) along with a strong grounding in positive psychology that Burn Bright integrates into their ethos.
I can’t imagine my life without volunteering for Burn Bright. I have met some of my dearest friends through the Burn Bright crew. I’ve found that volunteering for BB is rewarding, humbling, and often brings as much personal growth for the volunteer as it does for the young person.
From a professional perspective, I love that Burn Bright programs/camps support the adolescent individuation process by providing an exciting and supportive environment for teens to explore their own sense of self, personality, identify and values alongside other young people.
Imagine this POV: you’re back at school wanting to figure everything out and fit in – and you find
yourself in a room with amazing music that uplifts you and hooks you in. You meet the team of
dynamic, interesting, caring facilitators whose own friendships inspire you. Their facilitation skills bring about amazing light-bulb moments and lessons that light a fire inside you… It makes me want to feel that for myself again. The next best thing, for me, is volunteering for the team who passes that on to other young people.
My start at Burn Bright is one of the best cases of one door closing and another door opening. After losing my job at a local pub while on uni holidays, I started looking for new opportunities that were different and decided to volunteer. Searching for opportunities, I found working bees, community driving and nursing home visits, but the chance to become a National Leadership Camp intern stood out. Over nearly six months, I worked with the team to pull off Burn Bright’s first National Leadership Camp, and had an absolute blast in the process. After camp, I started working for Burn Bright while studying, doing anything and everything — data analysis, hiring strategy and even picking up furniture.
Finishing up working for Burn Bright in 2019, I am still actively involved with the Burn Bright volunteer community. I’ve found that the emphasis placed on investing in your relationships, understanding your values and making an impact allow you to be accepted for you. This has given me the tools needed to make the difficult decisions that life will inevitably throw at you. Besides all that, I’ve had a ton of fun and formed life-long friendships with people I may have never crossed paths with otherwise. “Get involved — you’ll change your life for the better and make life‑long friends in the process”.
I am a health science student from Perth wanting to get into the mental health realm of occupational therapy. In the meantime, I work as a barista and supervisor at a beachside café. In my spare time, I love to play netball, be around my friends and I have just gotten into crocheting. I went to Perth College where I was lucky enough to go to the first Perth College Leadership Camp in 2018 as a student and absolutely loved it. What really drew me in was the atmosphere that was created, the open conversations, and the lasting relationships formed.
Since then I have been a mentor for the Perth College Leadership Camp in 2019, 2020, and 2021 and had the opportunity to go to the National Leadership Camp in 2019. When Burn Bright comes to Perth I also love helping out at their programs as much as I can.
Volunteering for Burn Bright has given me so much that I could never have imagined. I have learned so much about myself and I have so much more confidence in myself and my abilities that I know I wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t exposed to the amazing opportunities volunteering for Burn Bright has given me. Before being involved I would never have seen myself being a mentor, role model, and facilitator to students, but now I can confidently say that I am, and I have made an impact on others that I am proud of. I have also made so many meaningful connections to so many amazing people from all around Australia through Burn Bright. I get asked quite a bit why I keep coming back to my old school to volunteer and it’s simply because I was given this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Burn Bright programs and if I can help facilitate that experience to someone else then why wouldn’t I?
I was born in Perth and moved to Sydney in my early 20’s to continue work as a youth worker and surfboard maker. This was followed by 30 years working in IT as a computer programmer.
Following retirement in 2016 I searched for an organisation that was aligned with my values of servant leadership and service, especially in the youth space. This search led to Burn Bright where I am now volunteering one day a week and mentoring at the National Leadership Camp. Volunteering with Burn Bright gives me a great deal of hope and confidence in the next generation of leaders. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Burn Bright family.
I have been married to Denise for 41 years and we both very much feel part of the Burn Bright team.
When not at Burn Bright you may find me running along Manly beach, riding my mountain bike or indulging in my passion for photography.
Hi! I’m Rosie, a 20-something full-time public servant, part-time Tassie tourism advocate.
I am passionate about seeing young people succeed, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than watching them become the next generation of change-makers.
I have been a champion of the ethos and work of Burn Bright since its inception in 2014, and consider them to be the leading experts in their field. By delivering impactful leadership and wellbeing programs to students across Australia, they offer the knowledge, skills and engagement to invoke lasting positive change in school communities.
The Burn Bright team are dedicated, inclusive and values-driven, which is why I love working with them.