Making a difference in our local community

On Friday 22 May Gold Coast Junior Council swore in its newly inducted Mayor and Deputy Mayor which now completes the Council membership for 2015.

The Council, comprising over one hundred students from Gold Coast high schools, will meet several times over the ensuing year to develop skills in communication, public speaking and leadership, whilst learning more about local government and community issues.

Congratulations to Queensland Academies Health Sciences campus Year 11 student, Amy Zhou, who has been appointed Deputy Junior Mayor of the Council. From Amy:

“Last year, I decided to take up the opportunity and represent our school at Gold Coast Junior Council. I didn’t have many friends in Australia at the time, so I thought it would be a great way to meet new people. Every year, a new Junior Mayor, Deputy Junior Mayor, and Executive Team are elected, and I decided I would run for it. I gave a short speech to the rest of the Junior Councillors in March, not really thinking much about it, so I was really surprised when I was told that I had been elected to be the 2015 Deputy Junior Mayor. I feel extremely honoured to represent our school at the Gold Coast Junior Council, and I’m excited to work with the Junior Mayor and the Executive Team to make the Gold Coast a better place!”

Taking her new role with a “girl power attitude” Amy said during a recent media interview:

“I’ve had a lot of leadership roles in the past and I’ve always been a natural leader so doing politics or running for mayor is definitely an option for me.”

With Council aims of citizenship, participation, consultation and community, Amy will engage many of her IB Learner Profile attributes to make a worthwhile contribution as Deputy Junior Mayor and we wish her success and enjoyment during her time in office.

2015 GC Junior Council members

Fellow QAHS 2015 Junior Council members congratulate Amy on her appointment.  Pictured left to right – Year 11 members Bethany Ash and Amy Zhou, with Year 10 members Emily Douglas and Sean Ciancio-Gayler.

Follow this link for more information about the City of Gold Coast Junior Council initiative:…/junior-council-3294.html

Mrs Annette Jackson
HOD Student Services