STUDENTS from seven high schools are swapping their beach attire worn at schoolies week for trekking boots.
They will take on the tough Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in November as part of a new leadership program launched by Castle Hill MP Dominic Perrottet.
Two year 12 students from Castle Hill High School, Redfield College, William Clarke College, Gilroy College, Oakhill College, Tangara School for Girls and Cumberland High School were chosen for the program, which gives students with a good alternative to schoolies week.
The students will also attend a monthly dinner with several national leaders including former prime minister John Howard and marathon athlete Pat Farmer to learn about their experiences and challenges.
The first dinner was on February 20 when the students met NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.
Sponsors Castle Hill RSL will give each student free access to its fitness centre C2K to help them train for the 96-kilometre track.
■ Students: Chandla Serret, Callum Oldfield, Marvin Fidel, Sid Sarkis, Seamus Lineham, Davis Irwin, Sean Lim, Amanda Chiam, Hannah Muggeridge, Kira Rodionov, Samantha Marshall, Joshua Conway, Marina Bouchahine and Emily Daaboul.