Professor Fiona Wood inspires young minds at Kingsway Christian College in Darch

Year 12 student Joel Calley with Fiona Wood.
Year 12 student Joel Calley with Fiona Wood.

PROFESSOR Fiona Wood captivated young minds at Kingsway Christian College’s National Science Week assembly recently.

The Darch school hosted Prof Wood for the ‘Game changers and change makers – striving for excellence’ talk on August 15.

She talked about her discovery and innovations of ‘spray-on skin’ technology as a plastic surgeon and medical science researcher, then a panel of Year 7 to 12 students interviewed her on stage.

Fiona Wood with students Alicia de Lange, Siobhan Martin and Luca Formaggio.

Year 7 students Rachel Cox said she found it amazing that “Prof Wood was able to make a life-saving spray that can heal burned skin within weeks”.

“She has inspired me to try my best in everything that I do and always give up with every challenge I may face,” she said.

Year 9 students Tabatha Scholtz said it was fascinating to see someone “so incredibly passionate about her career”.

Year 12 human biology students with Fiona Wood.

“I loved the way she was so creative with her ventures; using a mouthwash nozzle for spraying on skin cells,” she said.

“She didn’t let anything stop her.”

Prof Wood had morning tea served by students from the hospitality program, including coffee from the recently acquired mobile coffee cart.

After mingling with staff, students and alumni, she visited our Year 12 human biology students in the laboratory and answered their questions.

“We are privileged to have had a world renowned WA scientist and former Australian of the Year visit us to speak in such a relatable way and encourage all to follow their passion and dream big,” principal Peter Burton said.