A full house of Governors’ Receptions

Each year, September to November marks the season for Governors’ Receptions in the NYSF calendar. This year with almost 600 participants selected to attend the NYSF Year 12 Program next January, a significant proportion had the opportunity to attend a reception in their local state, to honour and celebrate their achievements of being selected to attend the NYSF, as well as acknowledging the extensive efforts of Rotary in selecting them.

In Victoria, Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, and her team at Government House generously  extended invitations to all 150 plus Victorian-based students, along with two guests each. A number of Rotarians and NYSF Partners were also invited. To accommodate the total of more than 400 guests, the event was hosted in the ballroom – a truly spectacular space.

Emily Mannix, who will be attending Session C in Canberra, travelled from Bendigo to Melbourne to attend the event. Here is what she had to say:

The Victorian Governor’s Reception for NYSF 2018 students was an exciting event for all involved – this was the first opportunity to meet some of the lucky few attendees like ourselves. The Victorian Governor the Honourable Linda Dessau AC and her husband Anthony Howard met with students at the reception and after a few words of congratulation had the room buzzing with enthusiasm for what was to come.”

Next, on the other side of the country, it was time for the West Australian Governor’s Reception which was held by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC. This was a more intimate event for the students, giving more opportunity to get to know each other and have time to talk with the Her Excellency.

Alex Troung from Perth said, “The Western Australian Governor’s Reception was a magnificent event – we all were looking forward to attending and were not disappointed! It was amazing to hear from our Governor, Her Excellency, Kerry Sanderson, who both congratulated us and inspired us with her own journey in the field of science. The event was both warm and grand, and I loved meeting my fellow participants there!”

A week later we saw two events on the same day. In South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC and his wife, Mrs Le, hosted a delightful morning tea event where students and a parent/guardian had the opportunity to explore all corners of Government House. Around the same time in another part of the country, it was Tasmania’s turn with Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC hosting students, parents and Rotary members from the Rotary District 9830.

With no number too small, the next event to be held was in Darwin with the Administrator of the Northern Territory the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM. Both of our Northern Territory based students were able to attend this very intimate event.

Later that week, it was off to Brisbane, Queensland for an afternoon tea hosted by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC. Excitement was high for this event with the new session planned for Brisbane in January 2018 and a number of representatives from our partner the University of Queensland also in attendance.

Sadly, the final Governor’s Reception to be held at Government House in Sydney on the 9 November by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC had to be cancelled at the last minute due to severe illness. Disappointing but very understandable.

The NYSF would like to thank sincerely each of the Governors for hosting our incoming students, along with their fabulous staff whose support is essential for the success of these events.


NYSF 2015 Orientations underway

The Orientation session for students from Canberra and surrounding areas of New South Wales selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in January 2015 was held this week.

Orientation sessions are run across the country prior to students attending the NYSF, and are a great introduction for students and their families to how the NYSF works and some of the key activities that will take place in January.  The Canberra region Orientation was hosted by CSIRO Education in Canberra, and supported by Joy Burch, the ACT Minister for Education.

“Orientations are an important marker in the NYSF calendar,” says Damien Pearce, Director of the NYSF.  “Once the Orientations start across the country, we know we are getting closer to the January Sessions.”

“They’re a valuable opportunity for students and families to meet some of the other students who will attend the sessions, and to learn first hand about what they will do in January.”

Governor of Rotary District 9710, Rowley Tompsett, congratulates the students at the D9710 Orientations

Governor of Rotary District 9710, Rowley Tompsett, congratulates the students at the D9710 Orientations

Rotary District 9170 students for NYSF2015

Rotary District 9170 students for NYSF2015

Students introduce themselves during the NYSF2015 Orientations - D9170

Students introduce themselves during the NYSF2015 Orientations – D9170

Professor Andrew Roberts from ANU's College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Professor Andrew Roberts from ANU’s College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Sixteen (16) students from the ACT and surrounding New South Wales regions will attend the NYSF 2015 in January, where they will visit laboratories, go on field trips, and participate in lectures and debates on scientific, engineering and technology issues.  All of the program’s content is designed to stimulate their thought processes about where they might end up studying and the direction of their passion.

More than 1,200 young people expressed interest in attending the NYSF this year, with selections being done by about 500 Rotary Clubs across Australia.

The NYSF has been operating for more than 30 years, and is delivered in conjunction with Rotary Clubs of Australia, and its partners from Australian industry, government and research providers that generously support the students’ attendance in January.