In the remaining weeks of Term 1, after a period of time that tested our mental strength and temptations to submit to lethargy, Ms. Elwell (HOD, Group 1) organised a TOK lesson that took us all by surprise. With a term filled with the virus, floods and overall lowered expectations, an open panelled discussion that everyone could contribute to was much needed and was provided to us.
Brisbane Dialogues is a new organisation that is the first of its kind... Even in an international sense, and it's with great pride that QACI was the first school in Brisbane to participate in a session of theirs. The purpose of Brisbane Dialogues is to showcase to Australian schools and members of parliament how issues can be settled by conversation. It has been created to promote minimalising arguments and heated debates that could most likely polarize a community even more, and it enforces that holding conversations over a relevant topic will have more success in coming to a decision.
The theme for the Year 11 open forum conversation was 'What's wrong with TikTok?', an issue that could be faced, from many diverse aspects, as some people in our grade actively use it and many purposely abstain from downloading it for a myriad of reasons that came to light in this hour-long conversation. This dialogue was so enlightening as everyone participated, contributed answers, and prompted new lines of thought.
The Brisbane Dialogues allowed for QACI's newest pillar of Peace to shine through as we civilly listened to our classmates' responses and politely offered our response in return to create a larger spectrum of understanding for everyone. QACI's student body is so diverse in experience, and we could all exercise active listening for every person's contribution.
Our whole cohort is very grateful and would love to give Ms Elwell a massive thank you for an hour of TOK that engaged us and prompted a very relevant conversation and topic that added personal and group-conscious lines of thought for our cohort.
…article written by Pemay Johnsen, Year 11