Logan City Council Mayor, Luke Smith spoke at a recent Beenleigh Yatala Junior Chamber of Commerce meeting hosted by Trinity College Beenleigh.
The Junior Chamber is part of Queensland’s peak local business body, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry which advocates for local business. This Junior Chamber is connected to the Beenleigh Yatala Chamber where there are over 90 community business members alone.
Junior Chamber meetings are held monthly and the membership is made up of students from nine high schools in the region including Trinity College Beenleigh, Livingstone Christian College, Beenleigh SHS, Windaroo Valley SHS, Canterbury College, Rivermount College and Loganlea SHS.
The student executive run a typical Chamber of Commerce meeting. This includes keeping the agenda on track, sharing notices and reports to the group, taking minutes, welcoming and introducing guest speakers and visitors.
Trinity College Beenleigh Student Leadership Leader, Nicky Ahern said that being involved in the Junior Chamber is a great opportunity for students to build real world communication skills by approaching and greeting adults, having conversations about the local community and building relationships with businesses and community service providers.
“Students take on the voluntary executive roles, they need to nominate for them just like any Chamber of Commerce group,” said Nicky Ahern.
“Roles include President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Officer, Social Media and School Liaison.
“For teachers of all student members, it’s a chance to interact with students outside of the classroom, it’s a different way of interacting with them where we can see their skills in action for the benefit of the greater community.
“Witnessing the students growing in confidence has been very satisfying for me as teacher, seeing a student move from being a shy student to a student who is confident to do public speaking in front of a large group is just one example of the benefits of the group.
“These are skills that will serve students for life in the workplace and in business.”
Principal of Trinity College Beenleigh, Mr Chris Raju said Mayor Smith was impressed with the event. The Mayor as the guest speaker spoke to the group about having big dreams in life and spoke to the students about the importance of taking action.
“Mayor Smith talked about how we need to take action in our lives and not just let our dreams be dreams,” said Year 10 Trinity College Beenleigh Student, Megan Wolley.
Being part of a community means being community minded, and other speakers and special guests from the local community attended to share the work of their organisations. Special guests included Vanessa and Charmaine from Headspace, Meadowbrook, Lynn Porter from yourtown, Les Hoppe from Relay for Life and Heather Christensen from Quota Beenleigh.
“Headspace informed us about what they do to help families and youth that struggle in different ways,” said Megan.
Trinity College Beenleigh Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students catered for the event with a buffet breakfast supervised by Home Economics teacher Natalie Falvey. Guests enjoyed a breakfast of bacon and egg muffins, muesli, yoghurt, juice, coffee and tea.