Attending the 2018 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Canberra has been a life changing experience for Downlands College Leader Zoë Hulme-Peake.

Zoë was one of 200 students selected for the annual event examining science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), sponsored by Rotary and hosted at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

While the NYSF centred on “empowering tomorrow’s science leaders”, Zoë believes it was as much about personal development as it was about intellectual stimulation, cementing her desire to make a change in the world using her passion for STEM.

As a Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) Catholic school, Downlands is committed to developing its students as well-rounded individuals, nurturing each student not just academically, but as a whole person.

Zoë moved to the College half way through Year 10 and comments, “I think the first thing you notice at Downlands is that everyone seems to enjoy coming to school.”

Zoë has thrived, studying subjects she is passionate about and enjoying opportunities to explore a variety of interests from cross country to choral ensembles, theatre and writing.

A member of the Empire Theatre’s IMPACT ensemble since 2015, Zoë co-wrote the project last year with her friend, Blake Hohenhaus. Their play, Ash & Andie, saw the talented pair awarded 2017 Queensland Theatre’s Young Playwright of the Year.

Now in her senior year, Zoë is excited to be involved in the upcoming college musical, Crazy For You, to be held at the Graham Centre in May. In addition to playing Irene, the talented teen is also understudy for the lead role, Polly.

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