After a lifetime involved both directly and indirectly in politics and foreign policy, who better than the Governor of Western Australia, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, to speak to students about geopolitical relations? Hale School was privileged to host an extended visit by the Governor for the Richard Goyder Visiting Fellowship Programme.
He first met with students of History, Politics and Law, International Affairs and our emerging student leaders to discuss topics such as federalism, foreign policy and the future. The Governor then attended a formal dinner with students from Years 7, 8 and 9, who were ably supported by students from the Senior School. The Governor spoke with passion on the topics of defence, warfare and foreign policy before taking questions from the floor.
In response to a student asking, “What advice did your dad give you?” the Governor did not hesitate in sharing advice passed on to him about the importance of listening to Indigenous people, making decisions with rather than for them. His second piece of advice provided some very helpful guidance around how to be sure to marry the right person! The dinner was a unique honour for our students: to attend this formal occasion and have the opportunity to share a meal with such an important leader in our community is a rare opportunity indeed.
The visit culminated in an evening presentation for members of both the Foundation and the Hale School Boards of Governors, staff, families, students and friends. The son of former teacher, politician and Minister for Education Kim Beazley Snr AO, the Governor challenged the young men to aim high for themselves and for others.
“Aspire to be of service. Aspire to be innovative and create good things for yourself, your community and the world. Aspire to be exceptional. Aspire to nurture your curiosity and challenge the status quo. And perhaps most of all, aspire to be kind and to leave the world a better place because you existed.”
Following his address, the Governor sat down to engage in a Q&A session led by Headmaster Dean Dell ‘Oro and Year 12 students Oliver Cheng and Brodie Cook. Both boys thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to engage in conversation with the Governor.
“I felt privileged to be able to hear from somebody who is so versed in the intricacies and nuances of every aspect of politics. Even more of a privilege was that I was able to ask personal questions and get such comprehensive answers from one of the most esteemed men in Australian politics,” Brodie said.
The Richard Goyder Visiting Fellows Programme provides a unique opportunity for our school community to hear from leaders and changemakers. Thanks to the Hale School Foundation for its generous support of this programme.