On Friday 26 June we welcomed several guest speakers to Carmel. The Frame Institute presented to students in Years 7 to 9, with Karen covering the pressures of social media with the girls and Adam presenting on respect and manhood with the boys. Karen's talk covered hot topics such as appearance, selfies, social media, dating and rumour-spreading and encouraged girls to look out for one another. Adam's presentation helped our young men to define manhood based on character, addressing their developing attitudes toward women, and discussing respectful thought, speech and behaviour.


Students in Years 10 and 11 welcomed Kim Dybing from the PBF Australia (The Paraplegic Benefit Fund). The PBF has developed a range of inspirational injury prevention programs that aim to reduce the incidence of serious injury at work, on the road and at play. The Youth Alcohol Prevention Program has been designed in consultation with the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol to reduce alcohol-related harm in young people. Kim relayed his personal experience of having a motorcycle accident 24 years ago that resulted in major spinal damage. His testimonial provided a real-life example of the negative impacts of unsafe alcohol use on personal health, future opportunities and loved ones. His message sought to encourage our students to make better choices. It was a very moving, informative and thought-provoking morning. We thank our valued guest speakers for their time.