Catholic Schools Youth Summit

134 Year 10, 11 and 12 student leaders recently gathered for the inaugural Catholic School Youth Summit, hosted by Catholic Education Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame Australia at their Fremantle campus.

The Catholic School Summit continued the ‘Faith to Lead, Lead to Faith’ theme of the 2016 National Catholic Education Commission Conference held in Perth earlier in the week, and brought together students from across the state.

The students gathered for breakfast and started the day hearing from the Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe, Archbishop of Perth, Professor Celia Hammond, University Vice Chancellor, and Dr Tim McDonald, Executive Director Catholic Education Western Australia.

Throughout the day’s concurrent sessions, students were challenged to think about ‘what’s in a name’, discussing purpose and identity. There were opportunities to listen to stories of faith in action and explore strategies to uncover the essence of resilience.

Melbourne rapper Fablice Manirakiza, aka Flybz, performed and spoke about his past as a refugee escaping violence in Burundi, and how his story influenced his music and its message. Fellow Burundian Mireille (Mimi) Kayeye, a journalist with experience in social and community development work, shared her insights on being a young woman influencing positive change.

Students also worked with Paige Newmark, a Shakespearean Teacher and Director, to explore ways to best use their physical voices and outward presence to express their inner voice powerfully and effectively.