Darcy Merchant and Claire Wright have recently travelled to Sydney as part of the Rural Youth Ambassador program which they have been participating in over the past 12 months. Over the course of the 12 months, Darcy and Claire have connected with 25 other students from schools across NSW to discuss the current education we are receiving in rural communities and working to improve this for future generations. Darcy and Claire were involved in collating ideas to present to ministers, senior bureaucrats and Department of Education leaders in Sydney.
“We had the great opportunity to meet with the NSW Minister of Education, Sarah Mitchell which was a very surreal and memorable experience. With her we discussed a range of topics such as career opportunities, mental health and the idea of rural schools collaborating together to deliver a wider range of subjects. This was a great opportunity to make our voices heard and represent not only Canowindra High School (CHS) students but all regional students,” Claire and Darcy said in a statement.
Darcy, Claire and fellow Rural Youth Ambassadors met with the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) to brainstorm and receive feedback on their current mentoring program. This program will hopefully soon be regionalised and brought out to small country areas, which is exciting for the future of regional NSW.
For the second year in a row, a year 11 Canowindra High School student has been selected to participate in the TEN4TEN leadership mentoring program. Ryan Ellis was the successful candidate securing himself one of only ten spots in the program. Ryan will be mentored by Philip Donato MP and we cannot wait to hear about everything that Ryan will get up to. Ryan has also been selected into the Rural Youth Ambassador program and will continue to represent CHS and the legacy that Darcy and Claire will leave behind once they graduate this year.