Help to bounce back

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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