An inspiring talk on environmental sustainability by former Scotch Oakburn College Captain Amelia Pearson (’15) set the tone for a thought-provoking day at the Elphin Campus on Thursday.
More than 130 Year 5 and 6 students from 11 independent schools from around Tasmania attended the IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia) Leadership Day.
Amelia Pearson, 19, originally from Launceston, is in her second year at Monash University in Melbourne, studying a Bachelor of Science Advanced – Global Challenges. This degree combines Science with the skills of communication and leadership, in addition to business and entrepreneurship.
Amelia undertook a leadership quest as part of her study last year. Her topic focused on sustainability and environmental degradation, with a key emphasis on plastics. This formed the basis of her address to students at the Leadership Day.
“My key message is anything is possible,” she said. “You just have to have the drive and determination to make it happen.
“You can lead in many different capacities, by following your passions.
“I have a passion for sustainability, the environment and Science so I hope to combine those elements with entrepreneurial skills in the future.”
After Amelia’s talk, students took part in leadership challenges designed to foster a sense of inclusivity and collaboration.
Scotch Oakburn Year 5 student Amy Harper, 10, was fascinated by Amelia’s talk.
“She has a passion for the environment and lots of ideas about sustainability,” Amy said.
“I thought she was very interesting.”
The Head of Junior School, Lachie Wright, welcomed delegates to the annual event.
“This days provides the opportunity for Year 5 and 6 students to develop leadership skills and interact with students from other schools,” he said.