Captains take the stage at Airdale Primary School in Port Pirie

A "sea of purple" sent waves of applause over the new captains of Airdale Primary School on Friday.

The school assembly, with children clad in their purple uniforms, took place in a hall with the captains, house captains and class captains sitting on the stage.

Former Airdale captain and recent graduate of John Pirie Secondary School Paige Dietman was guest speaker and took the audience, including teachers, parents and friends, on a childhood journey.

She recalled campaigning to the school council as a youngster for a mural to be painted in the grounds - and it is still there today.

"Every time I see it, I feel a surge of pride knowing it is something I helped to create," she said.

"I wish everyone who receives a captain's badge today all the best. It is not a job for the weak-hearted. It is hard and requires you to make decisions for others.

"It is an amazing opportunity and teaches lifelong skills."

The assembly began with the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo as a Dreamtime-style version of the national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, filled the room.

Sasha Lawrie led the acknowledgement to country.

The hosts were Isabelle Micken and Jett Jackson.

Jett said a leader was a role model and was reliable while Isabelle said such people were intelligent, hard-working, confident and well-organised.

The captains were handed certificates and badges by new principal Daniel Seidel and governing council chairwoman Bre Dietman.

Only a few minutes remained in the school day, but it was enough to bring renewed pride to the children and their leaders before the Friday afternoon bell to end classes.

Airdale Primary School is in safe hands.

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