Tuesday August 26, 2014
Tanya Davies MP, State Member for Mulgoa, was thrilled by the success of the Mulgoa Senior School Leadership Forum earlier this month.
19 students from local high schools attended the Leadership Forum at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday, 13 August 14, and had the opportunity to discuss leadership with The Hon Shelley Hancock MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Resources and Energy.
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, Caroline Chisholm College, St Clair High School, Colyton High School Trade School, Nepean Christian 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. It’s opened my eyes to the roles of our politicians in parliament.” said Miss Brittany Reeves of Penrith Anglican College.
“From what I’ve seen today, I now want to run for School Captain” said one of the Glenmore Park High School students.
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.
"I believe in our young people and their aspirations for themselves and their wider school and local communities" said Tanya Davies.
"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" said Tanya Davies.