In late February 2020, Parklands Christian College Year 12 college captains attended the Student Leaders Compass Conference in Canberra. The students, Amelia Robertson, Elizabeth Edwards, Tieriney Holmes, and Toby Ross participated in a number of leadership sessions over the course of four days to engage current leadership skills with new concepts and ideas from a biblical perspective. Along with thought provoking sessions, students engaged in activities and discussions with each other, as well as trips to the Australian War Memorial, and Parliament House, in which they were able to observe a number of politicians, including Scott Morrison, during Question Time.
The SLC Conference inspires student leaders to unlock their full potential as they make a lasting impact on their schools. Each student was asked to share some of their most memorable moments from the conference.
“It was beautiful being in an environment surrounded by people who share the same faith, were the same age, and had similar roles in their own schools. The bush dance was a highlight, as we danced, sang, and didn’t know which way to go.” (Amelia Robertson, College Captain)
“I really enjoyed making connections with other student leaders and participating in the activities and sessions together. The bush dance on the last night was definitely a highlight.” (Elizabeth Edwards, College Captain)
“This was my first time in Canberra and it was an amazing experience. The speakers of the conference spoke about some interesting topics that both challenged and inspired me to lead in a more influential way. My favourite part of the trip would have been the opportunity to sit in and listen to Question Time within the House of Representatives. It was a great opportunity to witness a small portion of how our country is run.” (Toby Ross, College Vice Captain)
“The compass conference was an amazing experience that helped me to expand my thinking on my faith. My favourite parts about this conference was when I was able to engage in these sessions, listening to presentations and discussing larger issues. Another exciting experience was seeing the Australian War Memorial, and seeing first hand the ethics of international political peacekeeping.” (Tieriney Holmes, College Vice Captain)