Pictured L-R: Angie Zhou, Riley Knowles, Keeley Bulled, Charli Horchner, Naughton Lovell.
Wednesday 19 February was the first Junior Council meeting of 2020. Junior Council is a civic student leadership program, extending over a two year span for students in Years 10 and 11. Various students across the Gold Coast come together to learn about local government, issues in their community and to grow their skills of communication and leadership knowing they can be a voice for change.
Naughton Lovell and myself have the privilege of being second-year students at the Gold Coast Junior Council. Junior Council's first meeting of their 27th year kick started with a game of human bingo. It was gratifying to talk to students from different schools and learn about them and their interests. I was lucky enough to score bingo and win a free yoyo! We then moved into the official Gold Coast City chambers for the handover ceremony. With the help of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, we welcomed the new Junior Council Executive for 2020, the new Year 10's and farewelled the 2019 Student Executive. Congratulations to Naughton Lovell for being elected as a member of the 2020 Junior Council Executive. Our new Year 10 students, Charli Horchner and Riley Knowles, are keen to grasp this opportunity with both hands, to connect with various students and learn more about themselves and their community. After the ceremony, and one-too-many group photos, guest speakers from Growing Up in Queensland discussed what they do and how we can help our city grow and become highly liveable.
Overall the day was a great introduction for the start of the year and full of smiles and fun, leaving us waiting excitedly for the next meeting. I would like to sincerely thank Angie Zhou, who was Deputy Mayor for the 2019 Junior Council Executive and Amy Dehghan for her hard work and contributions for the past year. We wish them the best for Year 12.