Our Gold Coast Team

Rachel Hinds
National Program Director, Partnerships

Rachel has worked in the education sector in both Australia and overseas since 2007. She has a strong commitment to empowering students to be the leaders of tomorrow and a belief that all young people can make a difference to their own lives. During her time as a classroom teacher, Rachel worked predominately with disengaged and at-risk students and was instrumental in designing and implementing an alternative education program for disengaged students in the UK. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Griffith University.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I have seen first-hand the impact we have on young people. It is an awesome thing to experience when you see a young person feel empowered to step up and create the change they want to see in the world!

Sam Newman
Program Director, Gold Coast

Sam is no stranger to culture and diversity having left his leafy, suburban hometown in England as a small child to live in the fast-paced, multiethnic and international setting of Hong Kong.

Growing up as a “Third Culture Kid’ in a city where he sometimes felt he did not ‘fit in’ raised Sam’s awareness about the importance of inclusivity, tolerance and international mindedness.

Sam graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Education and describes educating as his vocation. He places an emphasis on connecting and building trusting, open and honest relationships with students through a holistic approach. Sam specialised in working with at-risk students and he was also responsible for developing and embedding an innovative student and staff well-being programme which covered K-12 in a school with over 1500 students. Sam combined his love for teaching with his addiction to fishing by founding Get Hooked Fishing Camp, with the intent of combining mindfulness with fishing whilst educating the next generation of Third Culture Kids around topics of sustainability, conservation and human impact all whilst developing each student’s understanding of their identity, self-confidence and stress management.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I know first-hand that finding your purpose and identity can be a complicated and constantly evolving process. The High Resolves program, addresses these processes, explores global issues, challenges perceptions, and informs and shapes crucial life skills guiding our next generation to be ambassadors of positive and impactful change.

Carrie Silver
Learning and Development Manager, Australia

Growing up in one of Canada’s largest and most diverse cities, Carrie developed a great curiosity about the cultures that surrounded her, which led her to study world religions, modern history and population geography and make the brave leap to move to Australia in her late teens. She has taught history, geography and social and community studies in Queensland classrooms, and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching from the University of New England.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
At High Resolves I have the privilege of connecting with young people and finding out what they are passionate about. Every day brings a new story from amazing young people who inspire me, and I’m excited to see what this generation will do to make the world a better place!

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In 2019, we are setting up a permanent hub on the Gold Coast.

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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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