Monday August 26, 2013
Mrs Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa, was thrilled by the success of the Mulgoa Senior School Captains Leadership Forum last week.
16 students from local high schools attended the Leadership Forum at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday, 21 August 13, and had the opportunity to discuss leadership with The Hon Chris Hartcher, Minister for Resources and Energy, Gabrielle Upton, Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Member for Vaucluse, and Melanie Gibbons, Member for Menai.
The forum is an annual event initiated by Tanya Davies to inspire senior school students to think more broadly about leadership in our community.
“It is also an opportunity for me to recognize the hard work that school captains and leaders give to their school communities”. Tanya Davies said.
The students from Penrith Anglican College, Nepean Christian School, St Marys Senior High School, Colyton High School Trade School and Glenmore Park High School were acknowledged by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. The students then watched question time in the Legislative Assembly Chamber and got to see the Premier and government Ministers in action.
Tanya Davies was impressed by the students' ideas and questions that were shared. "The students were great representatives of the talent in Mulgoa and they asked some interesting questions of the Members of Parliament", Tanya Davies said.
“It was a fantastic day, I gained a lot of information and knowledge from the various speakers.” Said Miss Emma Duncan from Glenmore Park High School.
Tanya Davies then gave the students a personal tour of Parliament House, treating them to a rare and very special event; the witnessing of a joint sitting of Parliament to swear in its newest Member into the NSW Legislative Council.
“This was really insightful, it’s opened my eyes to the roles of our politicians in parliament. I took a lot from the diverse backgrounds of the speakers” Said Zac Murphy from Glenmore Park High School.
"I believe in our young people and their aspirations for themselves and their wider school and local communities". Tanya Davies said.
"It is important that our young leaders have an insight into how their government functions. This experience may have opened their eyes to wider possibilities for their own futures. I hope that the Forum challenged our young leaders to be confident, courageous, passionate and disciplined leaders to continue to make a difference in their communities" Tanya Davies said.