Burnie High School

Resilience brings rewards

NEVER GIVE UP:  Burnie High School students (from left) Liam Gale, Mac Rowe, Jhy Payne and Joab Philpott with Beacon facilitators Rich Morrow and Talitha Devadass.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

Students told determination essential

Michael Jordan, Eminem and Walt Disney have at least one thing in common, Burnie High School students attending a work transition forum learned yesterday.

The NBA great, rap legend and animation genius each came back from failures to dominate their field, and showed resilience, students heard.

A workshop, led by youth not-for-profit group the Beacon Foundation, taught students the value of determination.

Facilitator Rich Morrow told students the importance of bouncing back.

"You're going to fail at things and you have to learn from that," he said.

"Learn to love the challenge. 

"It's about pushing yourself to get past [failures]."

Burnie High student Liam Gale, speaking at the workshop, said it taught teens to give a chance to new people they met.

Some students already worked but others were preparing to look for jobs, according to lead Tasmanian facilitator Talitha Devadass. 

The program prepared them with skills needed to enter the workforce.  These skills included personal presentation and manner, and things as simple as handshakes.

First impressions were made quickly making good habits important, students learned.

Students have also attended the workshop at Yolla District High School and Parklands High School.

Story by Doug Dingwall, The Advocate.