Castle Hill RSL hosted the 2013 Max Potential Showcase last week.
Students from Crestwood High School, Marian College, The Hills Grammar School, The Hills Adventist College, Kellyville High School, William Clarke College, Model Farms High School and Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School have been involved with the Max Potential Program and shared their journey of discovery they experienced while being involved with this life changing program. President of Castle Hill RSL Group Warren Glenny said as major sponsor, the club provides $30,000 in scholarships each year for students in The Hills.
Wayne Deeth, Future Achievement Australia Foundation said he was impressed with the high level of community engagement in The Hills.
‘‘As a community it showed how it took responsibility for developing their young adults to be future leaders. We are very proud to be able to assist Castle Hill RSL and ClubsNSW in their Max Potential program.''
John Glover, Pendragon CEO said: “Max Potential does just that, it allows the student to find their maximum potential, from within, to achieve beyond what they would normally while at the same time encouraging social goodness.
‘‘The team at Pendragon is more than happy to support such a good program for the students and also the coaches learning curve in life.’’
General Manager, Event Cinemas Castle Hill, Lanai Stanger, said: “Event Cinemas Castle Hill was proud to be a corporate sponsor of the 2013 Max Potential Program.
‘‘This program proved to be a valuable tool in both the development of our sponsored student, Keziah McPhee from William Clarke College and Event Cinema coach Allyson Kew.
‘‘The skills learnt in the workshops and in the one-on-one mentoring sessions are transferrable into everyday experiences in the workplace, and have greatly assisting in the coaching of workplace employees.
‘‘Event Cinemas is proud to have participated in educating, motivating and inspiring the youth of the Hills District, and look forward to sponsoring Max Potential in 2014.’’
Jenny Hannan, director of Engagement and International, School of Business at University of Western Sydney said: “Max Potential just gets better every year!
‘‘UWS has been a sponsor and a coach on the program since the beginning here at Castle Hill RSL and our involvement in this youth leadership program is indeed inspiring.
‘‘So much so that UWS will be opening a chapter of its own in Parramatta.
‘‘Well done to the Castle Hill RSL team: impeccable organisation and hosting as always!”
Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said: ‘‘The Hills Council is proud of its involvement with the 2013 Max Potential program.
‘‘It is an important investment into the youth of today who will ultimately become tomorrow’s leaders. We look forward to participating in 2014.’’
Max Potential Community Projects:
Luella Moore, Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School was mentored by Jenny Hannan from the University of Western Sydney.
Her project was ‘Winter Warmth for Women’, which involved making winter care packages for the refuge Thelma Brown Cottage including women and children who are victims of domestic violence and need temporary residency.
Matthew David Campbell from Kellyville High School was mentored by Stewart Nicotra from Woolworths Limited. His project was ‘Youth Governance’, helping young people understand how parliament operates and legislation is passed, by creating a mock parliament.
Anthony Hanna from Kellyville High School was mentored by Mark Bannister and his project was Racism Prevention, addressing racism to students and how it is a negative attribute in society and to encourage a positive diverse future.
Sym Yeow from Crestwood High School was mentored by Deborah Burdack from Woolworth Limited and her project was to organise dinner for about 30 homeless people in the Parramatta area every Sunday night, working closely with charity organisation, community.
Vanessa Li from Crestwood High School was mentored by Stephen Tibbs from Skilledforce. Her project was ‘Games with the Elderly’, and developing links between youth and the elderly.
Anastasia Boulus from Marian College was mentored by Robbie Duncan from Castle Hill RSL and her project was ‘Medley of Music’ which was five weeks of performances of music for the elderly in a retirement home.
Hannah de Rijk from William Clarke College was mentored by Mona Kamel and her project was ‘Kids Cooking World, Solomon Islands’ where she wanted to help those in the Solomon Islands with their needs.
Keziah McPhie from William Clarke College was mentored by Allyson Kew from Event Cinemas and her project was ‘Children’s Hospital’ and involved helping the children who are in hospital to find joy and life.
Rebecca Vesperman from Rouse Hill Anglican College was mentored by Ben Loiacono from The Hills Council to help with her project ‘Letters of Love’ which addressed the needs of the elderly community at Bupa Dural by keeping them socially connected and getting them involved in their community through the simple act of making, writing and giving heartfelt homemade cards with messages of love, care and motivation.
Adam Evans from Model Farms High School was mentored by Bill Duncan, a retired CEO, on a ‘Basketball Clinic’ which involved helping year 6 pupils transition to high school and teach new basketball skills.
Clara Hong from The Hills Grammar School was mentored by Brent Williams from Castle Hill RSL on volunteering and increasing the recruitment and sign up of volunteers by creating a forum for volunteer organisations to expo their needs.
Morgan Kingham from Northholm Grammar School was mentored by Elly Hurley from Binspired2 on ‘Cyber bullying’, dealing with bullying through technology and to help educate parents and students of how to deal with this.
Janina Del Rosario from Marian College was mentored by Lucy Paredes from Self Employed on her project ‘STEP UP: To Be Yourself and Who You Want To Be’ which aims to educate teenagers about the arising problem of low self-esteem and help boost self-confidence in them.
Claire Korte from The Hills Adventist College was mentored by Jane Cooke from Castle Hill RSL’s gymnastics on ‘Garden Care’ which involved doing jobs for the elderly around their Garden Care.