Tomorrow’s Leaders

In the Media: Progress Leader 24 March 2020

School Captain, Kara McKenzie, 17

Recently the world has seen the huge ripple effect that young people can create to improve locally-based issues to even worldwide problems.

Mentoring people (whether older or younger) in specific tools to navigate the world of social media and perfection is important in 2020.

A main theme for Strathcona this year is to embody the word “authentic”. With the rise in social media being the hub for interaction, first impressions and connection between people, many teenagers, myself included, have lost the perspective to ignore the perfection and superficiality that sweeps across our screens.

It is imperative that people’s relationships with social media become more positive and instead of inhibiting a person’s authenticity and causing them to question their real and genuine self. I aim to show all girls at school, that while we are all faced with perfection in the media, it is an unattainable goal and instead of concealing flaws, we should embrace them.

The opportunity to help people in small locally-based ways is often overlooked, but it should be recognised within communities and schools more. At Strathcona this year, we are working to further foster the development of skills to combat unreal ideals and to celebrate the individual, as well as group authenticity.

I aim to show all girls at school, that while we are all faced with perfection in the media, it is an unattainable goal and instead of concealing flaws, we should embrace them.

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Tomorrow’s Leaders

Change is inevitable — but what kind of world do our next generation of young leaders want to live in, and how will they play a role in making it happen?
The Progress Leader interviews our School Captain Kara.

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Hearld Sun heading March 2020

Online tools to keep kids learning even in a statewide school shutdown

To manage student wellbeing, pastoral periods will run via Microsoft teams on Tuesday and Thursdays. The school said students are encouraged to adopt positive wellbeing strategies for the period of remote learning such as: be dressed in neat attire for all classes, set up their computer to do online class from a public space in the house, stay connected with friends online and through telephone at recess and lunchtimes, keep to a ‘school day’ routine while at home, maintain daily exercise, eat healthy meals and snack regularly. Teachers are also encouraged to maintain regular working hours, behaviour management and pastoral care as best as possible.

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The Australian - IWD

Lifelong learning key to the future

big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
He says recasting some of the technical disciplines, such as engineering, into a humanfocused
discipline could result in an increasing interest from women.
The Business Council of Australia has suggested an overhaul of the vocational and tertiary
education systems with a shared oversight body and better information about the range of
options.
It has called for that same culture of lifelong learning, for initial qualifications for a strong
foundation, and then modules to upskill and retrain throughout careers.
And instead of separate funding for universities and vocational training, the BCA says an
individual education “account” would allow promote individual choices.
The corporate sector’s peak body has also called for a focus on STEM, as technology
continues to transform the economy. Across the education system, STEM skills and
knowledge are increasingly sought after – but not found.
While the Australian Government pours millions into STEM advancement and advocacy,
institutions continue to struggle to attract, retain and progress women.
Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews says parents and teachers
should encourage STEM participation.
“It’s easy as parents to brush off a dislike of maths or science with an, ‘It’s OK, I didn’t do
well and I turned out OK’,” she says. “We need to change that attitude and make STEM a
priority for our kids. We need them to keep engaging students in a way that ensures both
girls and boys are equally supported in the pursuit of STEM.”
Tech Girls Movement founder and STEM educator Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen says teachers
need to be enabled and supported to do that: “It’s challenging for teachers to have to do
the next big thing.”
Teachers need the tools, training and confidence to deliver STEM and other subjects in an
inspiring way. Beekhuyzen says there is a push to teach coding, but points to forecasts
indicate half the current coding jobs won’t exist in the future.
So what are young people to do? Beekhuyzen says it all comes back to resilience and
adaptability. Her own program inspired Kira Molloy, 20, to get into technology. She is now
on a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, studying at the top-ranking National University of
Singapore. “Before I got involved with the Tech Girls Program, I had never considered
studying computer science and was set on studying medicine,” she says. “From the
experiences I had through the Tech Girl program I was able to go to QUT and Google in
Sydney and see amazing technologies and amazing women leading the field. This ignited a
passion for me to pursue a career in technology.”
Lifelong learning key to the future – The Australian, 3/7/2020 10/3/20, 11(21 am
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At the coalface of girls’ education, Strathcona Girls Grammar Head of Digital Learning and
Innovation Michelle Dennis says the most important skills will be those that can’t be taught
from a book.
“A lot of future-proofing comes down to giving students the opportunity to encounter new
experiences,” she says.
And national award-winning science teacher Sarah Chapman, from Townsville State High
School, says future-proofing involves questioning and assessing information, from
humanities and religion, to arts and sciences.
“A lot of these things are uncomfortable for young people,” she says. “It needs to be more
of the norm.”

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