Help to bounce back
A group of Seymour College students participated in a wall mural project with cartoonist Brett Cardwell recently, as part of a careers and selfdevelopment program called Project Ready.
The Year 9 and 10 students, who began the program in term 2, have completed several modules of work including careers development, selfdiscovery, work readiness, enterprise skills and work placement.
As part the self-discovery unit, students learned strategies to cope with adversity.
To help students unpack and explore the strategies, they designed and produced a mural on one of the college walls under the guidance of artist Brett Cardwell.
Student Emily Bridges chose the letter ‘E’ from the Bounce Back acronym to spray paint.
The ‘E’ stands for ‘Everybody experiences sadness and setbacks’.
‘‘It was really hard to capture the meaning of the letter and I ended up giving up,’’ Emily said.
‘‘But with the help of everyone around me, I tried again. It helped me relate to the meaning of Bounce Back.’’
The project was run by Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network.
‘‘Project Ready has been a transformative program for these students,’’ Project Ready facilitator Wendy Hopkins said.
‘‘It has given them a safe place to be themselves and an opportunity to think about their futures and work towards their career goals.
‘‘(The) Bounce Back mural has really brought the group together, and been an experiential way for students to think about strategies to cope with struggles, disappointment and challenges. It’s also created a lot of excitement in the school.’’
Students will undertake their final module of work — a community project — and then graduate from Project Ready next week.
Transformative program: Students designed and produced a mural on one of the college’s walls, with the acronym Bounce Back.
Safe place: Seymour College students, with Project Ready facilitator Wendy Hopkins, participated in a wall mural project.