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Logan Mayor speaks at Trinity College

Logan Mayor Luke Smith speaks to the Junior Chamber of Commerce hosted
by Trinity College

LOGAN Mayor, Luke Smith, was special guest speaker at a Junior Chamber of Commerce meeting hosted by Trinity College, Beenleigh.

Mayor Smith spoke to the group about having big dreams in life and about the importance of “taking action”.

“(He) talked about how we need to take action in our lives and not just let our dreams be dreams,” Trinity College Year 10 student Megan Wolley said.

The Beenleigh-Yatala Junior Chamber is part of Queensland’s peak local business body, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which advocates for local business. 

Junior Chamber meetings are held monthly, with membership made up of students from nine high schools in the region including, Trinity College Livingstone Christian College, Beenleigh SHS, Windaroo Valley SHS, Canterbury College, Rivermount College and Loganlea SHS.

The student executive ran a typical meeting that included keeping the agenda on track, sharing notices and reports to the group, taking minutes, welcoming and introducing guest speakers and visitors.

Trinity College Student Leadership Leader Nicky Ahern said being involved in the junior chamber was a great opportunity for students to build real-world communication skills by approaching and greeting adults, having conversations about the local community and building relationships with businesses and community service providers.

“Students take on the voluntary executive roles, they need to nominate for them just like any chamber of commerce group,” Nicky said.

“Roles include president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, publicity officer, social media and school liaison.

“For teachers of all student members, it’s a chance to interact with students outside of the classroom, it’s a different way of interacting with them where we can see their skills in action for the benefit of the greater community.

“Witnessing the students growing in confidence has been very satisfying for me as teacher, seeing a student move from being a shy student to a student who is confident to do public speaking in front of a large group is just one example of the benefits of the group.

“These are skills that will serve students for life in the workplace and in business.”

Representatives from Headspace, yourtown youth engagement program, Relay for Life and Quota Beenleigh, also attended to share the work of their organisations. 

“Headspace informed us about what they do to help families and youth that struggle in different ways,” Megan said.

Trinity College Year 11 and 12 hospitality students catered the event with a buffet breakfast supervised by Home Economics teacher Natalie Falvey. 

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