Student Leadership Symposium: Listening to the Voices of Others
24 Oct 2019
Congratulations to our students who participated in the 'Listening to the Voice of Others' Symposium at Newcastle University during Week 2 Term 4.
After hours of preparation, the students (School Captains, Making A Difference Team and a number of EALD students) presented their videos (representing their persectives on the issues of Mental Health, Homelessness, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Domestic Violence) to a panel of community based professionals working in the area of health and wellbeing. They then responded to questions and comments.
Every student spoke with confidence, was engaged and enthusiastic throughout the day. It was fabulous!
We were fortunate to have students from our Wallsend Campus, including School Captains, participate in the event and contribute to the final recommendations.
All participants also had the opportunity to listen to Simon Munro, the keynote speaker and higher education researcher, artist and Indigenous Project Officer in the Department of Rural Health, who is currently exhibiting at the University Gallery.
Simon taught students about aboriginal ways of knowing and used the practice of 'yarning' and making artefacts (in this case weaving) to encourage participants to come together and exchange ideas.
This wonderful event would not have been possible without the vision and dedication of Ms Roberts, one our HSIE Teachers at Waratah Campus. She has spent countless hours mentoring students and facilitating and encouraging them to have a voice and share their perspectives on issues that matter to them in our local community.
A big thank you to all involved, especially the community practitioners who supported and participated in the event.