With a stellar line up of speakers this years TED event was a huge success. For the third year running students were treated to an exceptional range of interesting ideas from local politicians, artists and performers.
Samantha Ratnam, the current mayor of Moreland City Council, shared a heartfelt account of her migration to Australia as a young person and discussed how this impacted on her desire to make change via politics.
Hugh McGinley, the author of Jinx, delved into his experiences of becoming a published writer. He described what he had to do before he felt like he could call himself a writer and really instilled the importance of making mistakes in the process of making things happen.
Stephen Teakle, the man behind the eponymous character Mr Barry Morgan, explained how his decision to become a full time musician and comedian without having a back up plan had to work. Stephen invested in his creativity and absolutely loves his job, he really encouraged students to follow their hearts when considering career choices.
Russ Pirie supports gender diverse young people with all aspects of theatre making in his role at YGLAM and has been involved with different projects at SRCS over the years. He was in the perfect position to reveal that all performers have stage fright and shared a range of practical ways to combat nerves before and during public performances.
Each of these speakers inspired our students to step up out of the safety of their chairs and present a spoken presentation of their own in English classes. Students have been looking at the finer points of speaking and listening this term and created personal assessment rubrics which they trialled on our guest presenters. These rubrics were then used to asses themselves and their peers when presenting their own speeches.
The Sydney Road community would like to give heartfelt thanks to Sam, Hugh, Stephen and Russ for giving up this time to share with us such beautiful and personal experiences and stories.