Friday, 7th June, 2019
Developing Leaders of the Future
I enjoyed some ‘quality time’ with our Year 11 girls last night at their leadership camp, Developing Leaders of the Future. Over the last 3 days they have enjoyed the insights of some exceptional guest speakers, including Julian Leeser MP; Simon Carrington about leadership and character; and Paula Mills, founder of Academy of Entrepreneurs, one of the world’s biggest community of young entrepreneurs.

One of the highlights was the presentation by Daniel Merza, author of Get the Monkeys Off Your Back. Daniel shared his passion about breaking through barriers, and building resilience to overcome challenges, so every person can live up to their full potential.

Yours truly spoke with the girls about developing their own personal vision statement, inspired by the incredible story of para-athlete Amy Purdy. Struck with a serious disability in her twenties, Amy had to re-vision her life. It was at that moment that she embraced a higher purpose, and now shares this vision with others, to ‘live our lives beyond our limits.’

“Instead of looking at our challenges and our limitations as something negative or bad,” says Amy, “we can begin to look at them as blessings, magnificent gifts that can be used to ignite our imaginations and help us go further than we ever knew we could go. It's not about breaking down borders. It's about pushing off of them and seeing what amazing places they might bring us.”

I was so impressed by Year 11’s’ enthusiasm, and the way they are engaging seriously with their role as the incoming school leaders, and beyond school, their responsibility to be leaders in their own families and communities. There was also a strong sense of unity and friendship amongst the girls. Chatting to them around the campfire, one of them said to me, “You know, I never thought I’d be sorry saying goodbye to Tangara. But now I don’t think I ever want to leave!”

Da Vinci Success

 Last week, our girls in Years 5 to 11 competed in the annual da Vinci Decathlon at Knox College. Da Vinci is a highlight of Tangara’s Gifted and Talented Program. Run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon, the girls work collaboratively in teams on some fascinating challenges from science, engineering, philosophy, art, drama, poetry, cartography and mathematics. There were thousands of competitors and Tangara achieved some excellent results! Year 11 achieved 13th place overall. You can see the full results elsewhere in this Rust and Navy. Well done to all our competitors!

Dr Katrina George