St Hilda’s School has a tradition of fostering ideas and the TEDx format was a natural fit within the culture of the school. The first TEDx event was held in 2011.
TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, view a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.
The event was hosted by St Hilda’s 2015 Academic and Creative Ideas Prefects.
TEDxStHilda’sSchool featured amazing ideas and stories of creativity borne out of resilience and belief in the human spirit. The presentations included the incredible story of Li Cunxin’s rise from living in abject poverty in China to becoming one of the world’s greatest dancers and a best-selling author. Exploring opportunities for indigenous engagement, finding resilience in the world’s coastal eco-systems and showcasing the education and health benefits of new technology added further inspiration.
Students, staff and community members of St Hilda’s School, local Gold Coast schools and universities witnessed the intense day of lectures, talks, music and TEDTalks on Friday 3 May. The audience was rewarded with a rich, fast and furious bombardment of ideas, inspirational talks, entertainment, creativity and portraits of human endeavour introduced over five stimulating hours in the tradition of the world-renowned TEDTalks.
St Hilda’s School took the opportunity to showcase its big idea of launching Australia’s first open-learning K-12 institute utilising the renowned Apple iTunes U site. Courses published by St Hilda’s Learning Institute are free and open to audiences anywhere in the world and since its inception, St Hilda’s has ranked number one worldwide – as the top course across all categories, and individually with courses in maths, business, literature, engineering, science and history.
Among the TEDx crowd favourites was Dr Hal Rice who leads the Interventional Neuroradiology service at the Gold Coast Hospital which is one of the leading centres in Australia using technology to provide minimally invasive endovascular treatment of patients with life threatening brain aneurysms and acute stroke.
Authors Karen Phillips and Steph Bowe presented along a common theme of empowering women and youth to reach high and wide in making positive impacts across communities. Andrew Woodward showed how accessible and rewarding the world can be for young Australians seeking to be global players in their chosen field.
Some of the boldest ideas came from the university sector: Dr Rod Connolly offered a deep look into Queensland’s beautiful coastline to reveal how some ecosystems cope better than others, and from these muddy depths, how we can learn to identify ‘resilience’. Prof Jean-Marc Hero revealed research into the conservation of amphibians, a cause he champions vigorously.
Bond University’s speaker Catherine O’Sullivan presented the challenges and benefits of ‘Learn Earn Legend’ – a national indigenous engagement program that has had far-reaching effects in Australian communities.
St Hilda’s students Victoria Lawson (Years 6), Elloise Campbell (Year 8), Caitlin Lee (Year 11), Emma Whittle (Year 12) and Katie Wilson (Year 12) played key roles in presenting a variety of ideas that contributed to the interdisciplinary harmony of the day. They were dazzling displays of personal experience, music and theatre.
The event was hosted by St Hilda’s 2013 Academic and Creative Arts Prefects Tatum Hayek, Mia Sandgren, Georgia Feben, Isabella Fredheim and Emily Hain.