Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Spring 2014 Contents PENQUITE CAMPUS
From June 16 – 21 June this year, I
attended a Leadership Conference in
Boston, Massachusetts. While I was
there, I worked with an organisation
called Leadership Initiatives to help a
new Nigerian businessman increase
his earnings to support his family.
The conference was created by
Global Young Innovator Initiatives,
and we stayed on the Harvard
University Law Campus. As soon as
we arrived, we were split into four
house groups: Tesla, Jobs, Musk
and Edison. I was put in Tesla, where
I made amazing friendships that will last a lifetime. We also toured
two colleges, Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of
Halfway through the week, we had to pick a category to work with
for the rest of the week. The choices were photography, fish-farming,
welding and tailoring. Each house group would have a group of six
students working on each category. I chose photography, which
meant I got to Skype with Umar, a photography shop owner in
Nigeria. We soon learned that he took passport photos and portrait
shots, and also that Umar wasn’t the only photographer in his town.
Umar told us about how he only earned $60 dollars a month, which is
not enough to provide for his family of 20.
Over the next three days, the Tesla Photography group
brainstormed achievable short term goals for Umar, offering him
ideas like creating pin-hole lenses out of paper that he could fit onto
his camera to give his photos borders. At the end of the week, each
group had to present their ideas in front of their peers and a panel
of five judges. One group from each category would get the chance
to have an internship with Leadership Initiatives, and help them over
the next year with another new business in Nigeria. My group was
one of the groups chosen for the internship. This means that I will
be working with four other students to help another new Nigerian
business. This experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I
look forward to working with my Scotch Oakburn peers over the next
Year 10 student
Leaving a legacy
This year the Student Executive wanted to leave a legacy. We
wanted to be remembered in a positive way.
On Wednesday 30 July, Scotch Oakburn College hosted the
inaugural Tasmanian Independent Schools Senior Student Conference
in the Briggs House Dining Room. The theme was ‘authentic
leadership’ with the main goal of the conference being a place for
senior student leaders to share ideas about how their school student
We wanted to start something that would encourage school leaders
to talk to one another. Often, we get caught up in our own private
agendas and forget to think outside the school boundaries for ideas
and inspiration. The aim of the conference was to try and break this
The day consisted of two guest speakers, one being our Deputy
Head of Senior School, Mr Mark Hassell and the second, the Federal
Member for Bass, Mr Andrew Nikolic. Both presented some ideas on
leadership and were highly engaging.
Andrew Nikolic spoke of his 31 years of military and diplomatic
experience as well as his parliamentary experience, and his
message was easy for the student leaders to relate to. He was
Mr Hassell took a much more practical approach and had us
out of our seats and interacting with each other. He was able to
motivate us with his story telling, problem solving and decision making
and through this we were able to draw out some of the important
principles in creating the right atmosphere for leadership and some of
the dispositions needed to be a leader and a team player.
In addition to the guest speakers, each school made a short
presentation about their College. The day also consisted of open
discussion and brainstorming.
The day was extremely rewarding and a great success, with The
Hutchins School, Fahan School, St Aloysius Catholic College, Marist
Regional College, St Patrick’s College, St Virgil’s College and Mt
Carmel College all attending and we received overwhelmingly positive
feedback from all.
We are hoping that a leadership conference for students, run
by students, will be continued on through our next year’s Student
Executive and that our legacy will continue.
Charles Headlam, Sophie Jones, Fergus Poynter
and Meredith Hodson.
College Co-Captains and Deputy Co-Captains
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