First and foremost, we would like to sincerely thank the members of the 2019 Student Executive for their votes, and the members of the School Council for their warm welcome.
As the newly elected student representatives of the QAHS School Council, our first 'assignment' was to attend the Gold Coast Leadership Summit 2019. This was a three-day camp held at Runaway Bay Sports and Leadership Excellence Centre to develop our leadership and community skills. This Summit was attended by elected school leaders from schools across the Gold Coast.
The Summit was an eye-opening and enriching experience. We spent three days with other aspiring young leaders discussing leadership, scrutinizing its meaning, practicing the word through activities and listening to real-life examples. The Leadership Summit had a dynamic array of guest speakers. Marlena Katene, a music journalist and respectable daredevil with Cerebral palsy (a movement disability), was one of our favourite guest speakers.
Speaking her message of determination and resilience through her device, she taught us that with a growth mindset and a plan to stand by, any challenge can be overcome. Somehow, the monotone voice of the speech-over contained the brilliance of streaming colours. Another take-home message from this Summit was to recognize the benefits of a team, and how other people's strengths can fill your weaknesses. We wanted to share these valuable points because they are worth being understood by everyone.
To end the Summit, we presented our strategic plan for QAHS in front of the other schools. We have a great vision for our school, and we hope to leave behind our own legacy as your School Council Representatives.
To end the note, here's a little secret: honestly, we were a bit intimidated being the only Year 10s in a group of soon-to-be seniors. However, we were proud to represent QAHS just the same.
Garlok Lu and Cici Zhou
QAHS School Council Representatives 2019-2021