Olivia's Visiting Weekend Print E-mail

Reflection on how I’ve changed over the past month.

A lot has changed since I first wrote the letter to myself on the second day! Reading it now I accomplished everything I wanted to, I went out of my way to become good friends with everyone, I tried my best to conquer new challenges and I improved much more than my leadership schools. I think I’ve already become more confident in public speaking because by watching student leader videos from the start up until now I can see that speak more clearly and that by body language is more appropriate while I make a lot more eye contact with the group.

In the last 3 weeks I want to try work on my community engagement, I think that if I participate more in my committees and try to grasp at every opportunity to help the community out it will really benefit myself and my peers that I help out. I want to work on being positive and encouraging throughout the next 3 weeks and not to have any negative thought towards myself, other people or activities. Lastly I want to try and keep my room clean in can tend to get really messy and hard to find things.

Visiting weekend

I was really excited to see my family but mixed emotions came over me when they turned up and I actually realized how much I missed them. It was really good to spend some time with them and catch up on everything they were doing while I was away, I told them about a few things I’ve done and showed them some photos from when I was on expo. We went for a swim at Lakes Entrance where we were staying which was really nice and the weather was perfect for. First I had lunch with mum and my step dad and then we went out for dinner at a pub for dinner with my dad and nan. I got my phone back and I got to talk to a few friends while on break. It was really good to finally relax and not worry about things although I was looking forward to a sleep in but I ended up waking up at 6:00am which is the normal time I wake up and go for a run with Jacqui. My highlights were going for a swim, finally getting to eat peanut butter again and going for a morning walk down the main street in lakes entrance with my family. I think a challenge for me was leaving them again but I’m only gone for 3 more weeks and I was starting to miss all my new friends I’ve made at Snowy River School.

By Olivia- Mortlake


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School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) initiative offering a unique residential education experience for year nine students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students' home regions. There are four campuses in iconic locations across Victoria. The Alpine School Campus is located at Dinner Plain in the Victorian Alps. Snowy River Campus is near the mouth of the Snowy River at Marlo in east Gippsland. The third site is adjacent to Mount Noorat near Camperdown in Victoria’s Western District, and is called Gnurad-Gundidj. After consultation with the local aboriginal community, this name represents both the indigenous name of the local area and an interpretation of the statement "belonging to this place". Our fourth and newest campus, currently known as the Don Valley Campus is located at Don Valley, Yarra Ranges.
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