Students told "Be bold" at Young Women in Leadership event
A lucky group of female high school students were treated to a Q&A event with Australia’s former Governor-General, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, on the 10th of September.
The LEAP Program is grateful to Victoria University and the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for making places available for students from 37 LEAP Priority Schools at this very special event.
The Young Women in Leadership event was part of a lecture series honouring past and current Governors-General at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University. This unique event offered girls the opportunity to meet one of Australia's most interesting public figures and ask about her time as Governor-General as well as seek her advice on female leadership.
Over 180 students attended from 50 different schools from all over Victoria, including 37 LEAP Priority schools. To win their place at the event, students were asked to submit a 150 word application which identified the issues they would advocate if they were Governor-General for a week, as well as questions they would ask Ms Bryce at the event.
Gender equality, asylum seekers and sport were among the topics discussed during the forum, but family violence was a particular focus for Ms Bryce, who recently led a taskforce into domestic and family violence for the Queensland Government. Ms Bryce made it clear this was the issue she felt was the most important in Australia today.
When asked what she enjoyed most about her time as Governor-General, Ms Bryce said that the position had presented her with opportunities she’d never dreamt of such as visiting Australian troops in Afghanistan or holding four Victoria Crosses in one hand.
“They were . . . ‘pinch me’ moments [like] driving through the gates of Buckingham Palace to call on Her Majesty, the Queen. . . [W]when you grow up in a town of 185 people, you don’t ever imagine you’re going to be doing that!”, she said.
To much laughter, she confessed the thing she’d hated most about being Governor-General was packing to go away. Her truckloads of clothes have since gone to good homes, she said
Ms Bryce also had a clear message for the students, which was to “Be bold, be bold, be bold.”
Students from the following LEAP Priority Schools attended the event:
|Al-Taqwa College||Bayside P-12 College Paisley||Bendigo Senior Secondary College|
|Braybrook College||Caroline Chisholm Catholic College||Catholic Regional College Melton|
|Cohuna Secondary College||Copperfield College||Craigieburn Secondary College|
|Cranbourne Secondary Collage||Emmanuel College||Footscray City College|
|Fountain Gate Secondary College||Gilmore College for Girls||Gladstone Park Secondary College|
|Hallam Senior College||Ilim College||Keilor Downs College|
|Korumburra Secondary College||Lakeview Senior College||Leongatha Secondary College|
|Mackillop Catholic Regional College||Manor Lakes College||Maribyrnong College|
|Mill Park Secondary College||Pakenham Secondary College||Roxburgh College|
|Sirius College||St Albans SC||St Aloysius College|
|Sunbury Downs Secondary College||Tarneit Senior College||The Grange P-12 College|
|Trafalgar High School||Victoria University Secondary College||Werribee Secondary College|
|Yarram Secondary College|
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