Risks, Fears and Freedom

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Risks, Fears and Freedom

“Freedom awaits those bold enough to play”

We were delighted to have Peter Sharp visit the school in September to entertain and inspire our Secondary School students with stories of his life and travels across the world. Peter is a former accounting student from Cottesloe who became a ‘Social Artist’ who was inspired to remind humanity of the common human connection in the face of an abundance of media negativity. With his friends, he began conducting social experiments, highlighting the bonds that form between us. Videos of his work have received more than 100 million views globally (see www.petersharp.com.au). 

Peter spoke to our students about taking risks and facing fear, and his journey which started with rush hour dance parties on Perth trains, hitchhiking across Europe in a business suit to starting a global Bob Marley singalong (which even inspired an impromptu sans-lyrics chorus from students). Peter challenged us to face our fears, dare to be vulnerable and enjoy the human connections that result. What began as an entertaining talk to all secondary students, progressed through a range of connection activities to a banging dance party with Year 11 and 12 students and staff falling, flying and moshing their way around the Primary Hall.

If people across the globe can dare to be vulnerable and make meaningful connections with strangers, what’s stopping us from starting a conversation with our peers and colleagues? 

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

Mr Andrew Lincoln :: Head of Positive Psychology