Friends quickly be­come fam­ily

Central Queensland News - - RURALWEEKLY -

IMO­GEN Gil­bert, from Mo­ran­bah, com­menced at Clay­field Col­lege in Bris­bane in Year 7.

Imo­gen is the el­dest of three girls and leav­ing home was dif­fi­cult, be­ing the first to go to board­ing school in her fam­ily, but she was well pre­pared.

Imo­gen at­tended the ‘sleep­over week­end’ at the board­ing house as part of the ori­en­ta­tion for new stu­dents at the end of last year, and felt en­er­gised and ex­cited about her new be­gin­ning. From that week­end, Imo­gen quickly made new friends and was more fa­mil­iar with what would quickly be­come her ‘new home.’ On the sleep­over week­end, day stu­dents joined board­ers vis­it­ing South­bank and par­tic­i­pat­ing in ‘get­ting to know you’ ac­tiv­i­ties in the school grounds.

“It was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence our sleep­ing ar­range­ments, ex­plore our new en­vi­ron­ment and put some nerves to bed,” Imo­gen said. When asked what she missed most about home, Imo­gen said it was see­ing her fam­ily and friends.

“Al­though I have new friends that are my fam­ily now,” she said. Imo­gen loves the new ex­pe­ri­ences and op­por­tu­ni­ties board­ing gives her and looks for­ward to her sis­ters join­ing her in the fu­ture.

Clay­field Col­lege stu­dent Imogen Gil­bert.

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