Our Newcastle Team

Rebbeca Chapman
Program Manager, New South Wales

Rebbeca is a trained high school English and Drama teacher, conservation enthusiast, and proud Wiradjuri woman. Her interest in global citizenship started in high school, where she was involved in youth politics, and has continued to do so through her adult life where she has led teams of high school students in programs similar to those she herself participated in. As a high school teacher, she developed a passion for education that inspires change, and gained a keen appreciation for the power of positive professional role models in the lives of young people. Outside of her work in New South Wales schools, Rebbeca has volunteered on education and conservation projects in England, Cambodia, Peru, Ecuador and the United States. She has a Bachelor’s in Arts and Teaching from the University of New England and, as an advocate for life-long learning, she continues to peruse academia alongside her other passions. Rebbeca believes that we all have the responsibility and privilege to create a sustainable, equitable and inclusive world, and that education and awareness are essential in achieving this.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

As a human living on this extraordinary planet, who has been fortunate enough to travel it extensively, I am keenly aware of the responsibility we all have to care for our interconnected world. As a teacher, I have seen first-hand how the energy and enthusiasm of young people can drive important change. I am passionate about working with High Resolves, because this is where those ideas come together: cultivating global citizenship in our future leaders.

Mary Michele Connellan
Program Director, Newcastle

Mary has extensive experience in consulting, legal strategy and developing public policy. Mary is a Teaching Associate at Monash University and holds a Juris Doctor from Melbourne Law School. Mary published “A Gendered Lens for Genocide Prevention” with Palgrave McMillan and has worked in social justice and human rights for over a decade. While completing her Masters in the Philosophy of Citizenship and Ethics at the University of Barcelona, Mary developed improved teaching methods for English language programs in high schools in regional Spain.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

Mary is passionate about joining High Resolves because she believes in the power of young people to facilitate positive global change.

Marlina Moussa
Program Director, New South Wales

During her time as an English teacher, Marlina’s passion to empower and inspire young people to be positive leaders in the community and globally saw her develop and implement new educational programs and initiatives that increased student involvement and engagement in understanding social issues. She participated in the Make Poverty History Campaign in NSW, which involved meeting with ministers at Parliament House on the issue of foreign aid. Her experiences in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East further fueled her desire to see students become global leaders and citizens who are motivated to make a positive difference, which led her to High Resolves. She completed a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching (Double English major) at the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and History) at the University of Wollongong where she also undertook a 3-year leadership program, delivering a number of projects for social action, development and change in the University and community.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
What we do is for the greater good. Seeing that achieved by empowering young people to be global citizens is inspiring and exciting.

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In 2019, we are setting up a permanent hub covering North NSW.

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Videos for Change 2019

Give your students a platform to create and be heard!

Give your students the opportunity to lead social change and develop valuable global competencies through the High Resolves national Videos for Change challenge. Students from Years 7-12 are challenged to submit a one-minute video on a social issue they feel passionate about, with the chance to be featured on Network TEN’s The Project and win a share of prizes worth over $10,000!

Entries for this year’s competition have now closed, but voting for the People’s Choice Award opens on 14 October.

For more information and to register your interest, please click below.


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