As part of the MyLeader subject, the Year 9 Peer Leaders went to the city for an excursion on the 7th of March.
We first took the bus to Lonsdale Street near Melbourne Central and walked to Queen Victoria Village where we had a break. We then walked to Urban Seed which is based in a Baptist Church on Collins Street.
When we were waiting all of us took selfies and pictures with each other.
After that we met up with Evan, our tour guide. He took us to specific points in the city whilst telling us stories about Melbourne (the most liveable city).
Afterwards, we went back to Queen Victoria Village to eat lunch and then travelled back to DSC via bus again.
This excursion was a great learning experience, and really beneficial. Whilst walking around the city, we were taught all about ‘secrets’ Melbourne tries to hide, and what life is really like for those who aren’t as privileged as most; we learnt that Melbourne isn’t truly the most liveable city for everyone. It is just a facade that the rest of the world sees, without really seeing what is going on in the midst of it all.
We walked down Collins Street, and were told stories about what companies have done to maintain their reputation, even buying their way onto Collins Street. Some of the key things we were told, was that Westpac Bank on Collins Street, had added gates to their entrance. Around their entrance, there are plenty of places that the homeless could sleep at night, however, to maintain their image, they block it all off at night. Another key thing we learnt during this time, was how we ignore Aboriginal culture and stories, in many ways. By destroying their monuments, but also by not allowing them to tell their side.
Which brings me to my next point. Throughout the whole walk, we learnt how life is about perspective, and there is always something more to the story. When we see someone, we may judge them just based on stereotypes, which usually have some truth to them, but there is always more to someone. There is always another side to the story, a side we don’t see. We need to not be closed minded, but make sure to look at the bigger picture. If you see a homeless man sleeping on the street, don’t just assume that they are drug abusers, but get to know their story. Find out more about them. Give them a second chance, rather than simply disregarding them because of what we think we know.
It was a great opportunity and experience to listen to all the interesting stories.
Ultimately, we all learnt so much from this excursion, about life and leadership, and we are sure it had a great impact on all of us, giving us a new perspective of supposedly the world’s most liveable city.
Kaitlyn Lew and Giverny Walters