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Lions Youth Of The Year
On Saturday 17th February, four of our talented year 12s competed against students from other local High Schools in the Lions Youth of the Year competition.
Students were required to complete a written application outlining their leadership, cultural, community, and sporting activities as well as their education achievements. They then spent Saturday morning being interviewed by a panel of three community representatives and were grilled on their knowledge of current affairs, problems facing the Gladstone regions, and issues that impact on young people.
Donning their blazers, students returned to Tannum Sands High School in the evening to present a prepared speech on any topic and face the dreaded impromptu questions - two unseen questions requiring students to speak confidently for two minutes. The range of prepared speech topics reflected the diverse interests of our young people: Merin spoke about the importance of anger as a motivator for women striving to achieve equality, Nick explained why antibiotic resistance is one of the most terrifying issues facing us, Salvatore enlightened the audience as to what it is like to be an immigrant, and Henry advanced the case for including the Arts in STEM.
We are very proud of the way all these students represented Toolooa and commend them for their efforts and commitment to advancing the Lions club aims of citizenship and community. While they were not successful in advancing through to the next stage of the competition, they all should be pleased with the way they conducted themselves.
Zonta Club
Recognising that to bring about sustainable changes that benefit all of humanity, women must have equal participation in the decision-making process, Zonta International established the Young Women in Public Affairs Award in 1990.
The Award recognises young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.
Merin Ward has been recognised by Gladstone district Zonta club for her leadership and service to her school and community. As well as being school vice-captain, Merin is President of Interact, a member of the Youth Reference Group for Gladstone Headspace, a graduate of the University of Queensland's Young Scholars Program, and one of only two Queensland recipients of the 'Country to Canberra: Women in Leadership Power Trip' scholarship. Merin is now a contender for a scholarship valued at US $1500. Congratulations Merin!
CONOCOPHILLIPS 2018 Science Experiment
Four of Toolooa’s current year 10 students spent the last week of their summer holidays attending the ConocoPhillips Science Experience 2018. As always, it was an enlightening and rewarding experience thanks to the sponsorship of ConocoPhillips and Toolooa’s Science Department.
Samuel Tummon stated, ‘This was not only a fantastic and fun experience but it was insightful learning unique skills in an inventive way.’ Our students were amongst 120 from Queensland and Northern NSW who were given the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists. Quinn Brennan commented, ‘Working in many different fields of science enabled me to experience numerous aspects of university and careers in science, from forensic science to engineering as well as environmental science.’ The students discovered the diversity of careers in science.
Claire Richter commented, ‘the lectures were fascinating, especially the toxicology presentation on venom. This peeked a huge interest in me.’ Not everything was attending lectures as the students also experienced hands-on activities.
Quinn said, ‘The innovation workshop was a chance to be creative in science. It included a mix of students working co-operatively in groups to design, create and market a new innovative product.’ The unique insights into the world of science were indeed a highlight as summed up by Shara Watson’s comment, ‘It was an unforgettable experience full of fun, friends and fantastic inspirations. It has helped me decide that my career pathway is definitely in science.’
The final words are from Claire ’I feel privileged for this opportunity as it does not come every day,’ and Samuel ‘I appreciate this greatly; being able to visit the universities of Brisbane was a unique experience and truly gave me an idea of the possibilities.’ Claire plans to pursue a science-based career and wished to express her gratitude with a simple. ‘Thank you for helping me further my plans for the future and I look forward to putting my newfound knowledge into action.’