Thanks to the generosity of the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, we were lucky enough to secure tickets to Tedx Christchurch 2018.

With a theme of “The Campfire,” we were encouraged to imagine we were seated around a comforting fire listening to stories that were serious, shocking or amusing. The speakers were polished and all left a mark: a highlight for us was hearing from Hamish Brewer: the ‘educational disruptor’ a school principal who is a “relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal .. high octane, constantly calling on his students to “Be Relentless”.”

The event certainly leave us all feeling provoked, challenged and inspired. The venue of The Piano, along with the amazing sounds of the Christchurch Pops choir, generous nibbles and friendly, inclusive atmosphere were the icing on the cake.

“The TEDx talk was an awesome event to experience. It was the most ideas and opinions I have ever heard in one day and made me think a lot about the little things in life that needs to be helped and thought of more. The most fascinating speech I heard was by Prof Maggie-Lee Huckabee, PhD who spoke of the science behind swallowing and how much of a problem it can actually be. Though I didn’t understand how the research worked, I thought that it was wonderful that there are people who are working to solve the problem and make a difference.”

(Rachel Davis, Year 9.)

“TEDx Christchurch was amazing. There was a wide range of speaker who spoke about a broad range of topics that were very interesting. The performance by the Pops choir was incredible! I really enjoyed it and I feel so lucky to have been able to go.”

(Katie Hunter, Year 9.)

By Jo Fitzgerald

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