I would have to acknowledge that one of the most amazing shout-outs this term in our Year 11 cohort in 'having a go' has been the exciting adventure of our Italian Exchange students, Cecilia Aiolfi and Anita Paiardi, who travelled all the way across the world to live for ten weeks in a country where people predominantly do not speak their language, to live in immersion in an Australian homestay, to attend a school that is very different in curriculum and learning to Italian subjects, to operate every day in another language, and to experience some of the dreams of experiencing life in Australia. Our generous homestay families and the Year 11 friends who welcomed our exchange students 'had a go' in learning about another culture, language, and lifestyle of sixteen-year-olds from Italy and were sad to farewell our Italian friends. However, it was a two-way enriched experience, and these are valuable, lifelong friendships that have been created. Please see their words at the bottom of this page.
I asked the Year 11’s what 'having a go' meant to them:
Sarah Galvin and Bianca Celere having their hair cut for the Ponytail Project is having a go to do something to make a difference.
Anything to do with public speaking is having a go because you are putting yourself out there and leading and inspiring others.
Mount Alvernia Voices joined with choirs all around Brisbane and performed at QPAC with more than 500 other choristers for Brisbane Sings. They had to volunteer and give take up the time and perform in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Students nominating for leadership participated in a Public Speaking Program as part of the Raise the Bar Program and delivered their speeches confidently to an audience this week. Students who stepped out of their comfort zones to nominate, be interviewed, and present their vision to the College for leadership positions are having a go.
It seems Year 11s are all about 'having a go' in so many ways.
This Wednesday, 41 Year 11 students attended the RBWH PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth), and every one of our young women 'had a go' at facing some confronting realities of the choices in life that some people make in a moment that changes their lives and the lives of their families, friends and others forever.
P.A.R.T.Y. Program Student Reflections
Attending the P.A.R.T.Y. program was an extremely valuable, eye-opening. and worthwhile experience. Through realistic videos, activities, presentations, and interactive simulated clinical scenarios, we learnt what it was really like to be a trauma patient. We had the opportunity of meeting a number of health professionals, including paramedics, trauma nurses, social workers, speech pathologists, dieticians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists, who all help severely injured patients every day. We also had the chance to meet some trauma patients themselves who have been lucky enough to survive, but now suffer significant disabilities.
The main lesson I took away from this experience was that the only person responsible for making choices that will increase my risk of injury is me. I believe everyone needs to experience a day like this to fully come to terms with the effects of risk taking behaviours. As confronting and daunting as parts of the program were, I walked away immensely moved by the experience. I commend the P.A.R.T.Y. program for its profound effort in making positive change, to preventative behaviours which could possibly save a life.
Imagine a world where we didn't normalise these incidents; a world where we don’t glorify risk taking behaviours and ignore the consequences. Imagine a world where we all understood. And so I say thank you to the P.A.R.T.Y. program, for making an impact and a difference.
The P.A.R.T.Y. program was a real eye-opening and confronting experience for me, as you always hear that accidents can happen but never realise that they can happen to you. The program taught me that you only have one chance at life so do not waste it by participating in harmful activities.
The organisers and medical presenters reiterated to our young women how valuable they are as young people for our future. Our participants will be sharing their valuable reflections, experiences, and messages with the Year 11 cohort in our next Year level meeting. Thank you to the parents and carers who nominated their daughters to participate in this extremely worthwhile life-changing program.
I look forward to hearing from students and parents about other wonderful examples of how your daughters are really out there 'having a go'.
Tell me about the good choices you have made recently.
If your daughter was on the P.A.R.T.Y. Program: Share with me what you have taken away from this experience.
How do you maintain positivity in the face of obstacles?
In what ways are you or could you be out there 'having a go'?