College trio jump into political life
WHILE there’s a perception the younger generation is becoming more and more detached from politics and civic duties, three students from Coffs Harbour Senior College are bucking the trend.
Sarah Graham-Higgs, Kate Malcolm and Brenton Knight have all recently found success and different paths of engagement in regards to involvement with civic life.
Sarah Graham-Higgs recently returned from Sydney after participating in the NSW Constitutional Convention.
She was one of only 150 students from across the state from both public and private schools selected to attend.
She spent time in NSW Parliament House with other students and debated the usefulness of the Upper House of Parliament.
Kate Malcolm was one of several local girls who participated in the Coffs Harbour Zonta Women in Public Affairs event.
Although she wasn’t the overall winner, her presentation was such she was awarded the Most Inspiring Speaker of the evening prize when she proposed how she would spend and implement a grant that supported young Australian women.
Brenton Knight is Coffs Harbour Lions Youth of the Year. To gain the honour, he had to complete a written application, go through an interview process and present two speeches – one prepared and one impromptu – to the Coffs Harbour Lions Club.
The Lions Youth of the Year competition is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community.
In a nutshell, civics is about the rights and duties of citizens and our involvement with how governments work.
Coffs Harbour Senior College has a robust interest in giving students as many positive experiences with civic activities as possible and as a result an increasing number of students are prepared to get involved and broaden their knowledge and experiences in this area.