Cromwell College @ the National Student Leadership Forum

Each year Cromwell College sends two delegates to the National Student Leadership Forum in Canberra. The Forum runs over four days in early September and attracts upward of two hundred delegates from across Australia and the Pacific. The information we received about the forum was purposefully vague. All we knew was that we were going to Canberra, staying in a nice hotel, spending some time at Parliament House, meeting some people and maybe learning some leadership skills. The Forum turned out to be an exhausting four days in which we heard speeches on leadership from politicians, refugees, businessmen, lawyers and journalists to name a few. We got to see the human side of politics, serve the community, and spent time exploring leadership and our own character in small groups. Above all, the Forum emphasized the importance of human connection and of living your values as a leader. 


Taisha ‘Phun Und Ghames’ Paterson-Burr

Favourite Speech:

  • Bill Shorten’s address on standing up for what you know is right

Favourite Activity:

  • The remembrance ceremony at the War Memorial and also the Barn Dance on the last night.

Three Lessons Learnt:

  1. Not all leadership is a person leading a team toward a goal
  2. No one goes into politics with the intention of destroying the country
  3. Your first impression of someone is almost definitely wrong

Jared ‘Notebook’ Fowler

Favourite Speech:

  • Deng Thiak’s speech on making a positive difference

Favourite Activity:

  • Community Service and question time

Three Lessons Learnt:

  1. Leadership is not all about making the loudest noise
  2. Learning to back myself and give my opinion
  3. Renewed hope for Australian politics