Published on: 12 June 2015

More than 300 guests descended on the School Refectory bright and early this morning for the Year 8 Father, Friend and Son Breakfast. At the end of a busy week during a hectic term, it was a great opportunity for the boys to spend some quality time with their loved ones.

Old boy and guest speaker, Lockie Cooke encouraged fathers and male mentors to take time to share their experiences with their sons. He spoke of the importance of great leaders, elders and role models and the significant roles they play in educating our younger generation.

Lockie is the Founder and CEO of the Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness Foundation (ICEA). He established the organisation after an eye opening experience in a remote community in 2006. Since then, his commitment to being a ‘change maker’ has developed a not-for-profit with a clear purpose – Reconciliation inspired by young people.

During breakfast, Lockie introduced the group to the acronym SHIFT, encouraging positive engagement in life and oneself.

S – Situational awareness – look around you and be aware – be willing to ask questions
H – Habitual – work hard to develop the good habits rather than the bad habits
I – Inner dialogue – surround yourself with positive dialogue both internal and around you
F – Faith and focus – stay focussed and keep faith during the tougher times
T – Turbulence – there will be pain – but no pain, no gain!!

In 2013, Lockie was the Australian youth representative at CHOGM for the Commonwealth Youth Forum and winner of the Australian Youth Awards for Cultural Understanding. He is the current Western Australian Monitoring Ambassador, Australian Head Delegate for the G20 Youth Summit (Y20 summit Sydney) and has recently been appointed Board member at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia.

If you would like to chat to Lockie about Leadership opportunities or any other points, please feel free to contact him at