McClements Foundation Challenge - Inspiring Future Leaders



We thank The McClements Foundation for this outstanding five year sponsorship – delivering an annual leadership opportunity for students – Inspiring future leaders the Newman Way.

The McClements family have a long association with the north-west having lived in the communities of Exmouth, Dampier, Karratha and Newman. James McClements, the Challenge sponsor, is an example of how Newman SHS students with dreams and aspirations can achieve the exceptional.  James completed all his primary and secondary school education in the Pilbara and attended Newman Senior High School (NSHS) from 1976 - 1980.  Inspired by his parents (Tim and Jill’s) volunteer activities, he was a strong believer in the importance of student leadership and aspiration, being awarded the Citizen of the Year award in 1977 and 1980 and selected as Head Boy in 1980. 

James then attended the University of Western Australia as part of the inaugural BHP scholarship program.  James went on to obtain an Honours degree in economics then worked in Australia and the United States in the financial industry, in particular resource financing and investing in mining companies globally. In 1998 James co-founded a private  equity firm, Resource Capital Funds.

James’ siblings Philip, Maree, Timothy and Thomas also attended Newman Senior High School in the period between 1975 and 1987, with Maree and Thomas selected as student councillors and Maree being Head Girl and Citizen of the Year in 1982.  While a NSHS student, Thomas was appointed the East Pilbara Shire Council’s first Youth Council President.  James and his wife Meredith established The McClements Foundation in 2010 with a focus on contributing to education, cultural and community initiatives in Western Australia.

Take the Challenge

A select group of Year 10 students will travel to a capital city in the Eastern States on a leadership tour. During the tour students will have the opportunity participate in a variety of activities, for example, meet James and participate in a board room lunch, meet other school leaders, attend a leadership conference, visit universities, develop awareness of democratic  processes associated with government and visit major cultural sites. 

 The 2018 McClements Challenge will take students to Perth, Canberra and Sydney.

How do I qualify?

All Year 10 students begin the year eligible to attend as a year 11 student the following year. Students who consistently demonstrate the behaviours that uphold the school’s values; The Newman Way will be invited to apply for a position on the tour.

How do I uphold The Newman Way?

The Newman Way is a representation of our values; Care and Compassion, Respect, and Responsibility. It guides the behaviours we encourage and consistently expect from all school community members. Students who consistently demonstrate regular attendance, positive behaviour, effort in learning, and make a positive difference in the school and community will be eligible to apply for a place on the tour.

What happens next?

Following submission of application, short listed students will attend an interview during which time they will respond to a series of questions related to their leadership aspirations.

How many students will be selected?

Up to eight students and two staff members will participate in the tour.