Max's Inspiration Print E-mail
Written by Max, Snowy River Campus Student Term 3 2013   

A big part of our stay here is meeting and hearing inspirational speakers, and their stories on how they became who they are. We have had Debby Grey, a local Lakes Entrance woman, who was born with no arms, and half sized legs. Although she had no arms, did NOT make her disabled. She has lived her whole live with no one to drive her round, to cook her meals, or to dress her. She did it all herself, with a smile on her face! She is by far the wittiest person I have ever met; she loved a laugh and a conversation with anyone. She spoke to us about how she grew up, how she travelled the world, how she fell in love, and how she raised a daughter on her own. She spoke to us for a couple hours, and then she showed us her car. There were levers and things right up under the steering wheel so she could “reach the peddles”. Just as she was about to leave, I said to her “you have completely changed the word disabled, I will never see someone as disabled because of their appearance, I will get to know them for who they really are, not for what they look like”. That is the first time I have ever said something like that to someone. This was an extremely valuable lesson for me, which will be so important in the future as an adult.

Max - from Swifts Creek School


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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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