BlogTrailblazerKhiera Bartlett – Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College | Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer 2022

Khiera Bartlett – Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College | Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer 2022

Khiera Bartlett - Trailblazer 2022

What are the Trailblazer Awards?

The Trailblazer Awards celebrates Year 12 students beyond their ATAR, recognising those who have overcome personal challenges and used their final year of school to positively impact their community.

Our Trailblazers will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, build their personal brand and profile as a future leader, get exam ready in our 1-day HSC Trials Accelerator, and so much more!

Find out how Khiera navigated Year 12 differently throughout 2022!

Introducing: Khiera Bartlett

Khiera Bartlett

Category: Social Impact & Change

School: Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College

State: NSW

Career Aspiration: Education Program with Newcastle City Council and CDAH


  • Creating student-led education programs with Newcastle City council and CDAH
  • Pioneered the Sustainnovation Challenge
  • Interviewed on ABC Newcastle radio

What makes Khiera a Trailblazer?

Khiera Bartlett not only devotes time and effort to her student leadership positions at school but most notably, she works with the Newcastle City council and Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH). She leads a team of four students, two members of the city council and four members from CDAH.

With this team, Khiera creates student-led education programs to improve attitudes toward those experiencing disability. This idea was then used within the Sustainnovation Challenge late last year, and she ran a preliminary program interviewing people living with disabilities.

Khiera and her team created a series of short interviews and videos that uncovered the lived experiences of those having a disability. These stories were shared to Personal Development, Health and Physical Education classes (PDHPE) across all year levels, effectively dismantling misconceptions and reducing ignorant-induced bullying incidence.

This proved successful in improving understanding and tolerance of those with disabilities by 60%! The Sustainnovation Challenge also garnered interest from ABC Newcastle radio, giving her and her team an opportunity and a wider platform to spread this awareness.

Through Khiera’s project, she obtained interview expertise, public speaking and leadership skills which built on her leadership roles as a College Creative Arts Prefect and previously leading in the debating team, social justice group, academic decathlon group and other creative arts group. Khiera is clearly a natural born leader!

Making such an impact on shifting the attitudes of the youth is no easy feat, let alone juggling this in Year 12. Khiera also remains active also in her school community, being involved in extracurricular activities such as drama, music and art. She also tackles Advanced and Extension Maths, Chemistry, and Biology.

Like every other Year 12 student, the final year of high school can be quite stressful and overwhelming, not to mention all the work and extracurricular activities Khiera manages! Having two years in prolonged isolation due to COVID-19 also impacted her mental health, however, she has made conscious decisions to improve.

While Khiera is still exploring her options for future industries and careers, one thing she is certain about is she wants to pursue the education program, making changes in the lives of the future of those living with disability and of the youth.

“(I) dedicate a lot of my time to creating the most beneficial program I can to help future students in understanding disability.”

Khiera Bartlett is definitely leading big changes in the world for the youth and dismantling the misconceptions behind those living with a disability. This is why she deserves a spot as one of our Top 50 Trailblazers!

The Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer Awards

The Trailblazer Awards aim to identify and celebrate students who use their final years of school to invest holistically in the skills and experiences that will maximise their own future opportunities and make a contribution to the future of our society.

Our winners for the Year 12 Trailblazer Awards have demonstrated initiative in volunteering for their school or community, have participated in co-curricular activities, and have held leadership positions within their schools.

Learn more about who placed in the Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazers here!

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