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TEDxSt Hilda's School
TEDX ST HILDAS'S SCHOOL 2011
TEDxSt Hilda's School Friday 3 May, 2013
TEDxStHilda’sSchool focuses on creativity, resilience and the human spirit
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.
More than 800 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.
"This day was so important to maintaining our focus on ideas and the need to share our ideas with others," said Head of School Peter Crawley.
"I came away knowing our community had been united in giving others the opportunity to express their views and learned a lot of good advice about the power of resilience and self-belief and the wonderful world that awaits those who are motivated to follow their dreams."
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.
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 Academic and Creative Arts Prefects Tatum Hayek, Mia Sandgren, Georgia Feben, Isabella Fredheim and Emily Hain.
The videos of the 2013 TEDxStHildasSchool are available below.