Blog #5 - Ellie Print E-mail

Hello! My name’s Eleanor Tomlin, but I prefer to be called Ellie for short. This week has been full of learning, fun and adventure! Yesterday I got to do one of the coolest classes ever, photography! I didn’t really expect it to be as fun as it actually was, I’m usually just used to using a digital camera or my mobile phone when I’m at home. Yesterday we got to use a Manual SLR (single lens reflection) camera. This camera uses film to produce the photos and to get them they need to be made in a dark room or a company will do it for you. The awesome thing about this camera is that the camera will only do what you make it do, this means that if you want the camera to focus on a certain object you twist part of the camera to do so. Other cameras with a motor would focus automatically and potentially won’t focus onto what you would like; this means that the cameras we used produce a much better photo! I’m really excited to see how my photos will turn out and see what my creative juices produced!

This week I completed my first aid course which is very exciting. Over the past weeks we have learnt CPR and taken an exam for it, which I passed :). This week we went over various ways to treat people when something has gone wrong. The fun thing is that we learnt through role plays! In partners or groups of three we did a little bit of research into a certain type of accident, (mine was spinal, facial and eye accidents) then we made a role play of what to do and presented to the class. Watching the role plays was very entertaining and I actually picked up a lot of information from it, the information also really helped me with my first aid test.

Something new that I have learnt this week is to keep those positive thoughts up. After saying goodbye to family on Visiting Weekend I was a little bit home sick again but after setting some mini goals to stay positive, I overcame it. It is so important to keep positive because with a happy mindset, everything gets so much better. After setting myself a goals to be positive I overcame my slight homesickness and have had one of the best weeks yet!



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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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