Transformation Program 5 – What’s been happening?
Last week, the current group of girls in the Year 9 Transformation Program headed into Geelong via public transport to visit the City Hall, the City of Greater Geelong council offices, the City of Greater Geelong library, and the Geelong Art Gallery. The purpose of this excursion was to further provoke students with real and current issues in our local community, including analysing our public transport systems and other public access services. In this program many of the students have already chosen areas of interest where they feel they can make a difference, and this experience allowed those students a chance to see their issue through a local lens, as well as allowing those students who are still searching for an area of interest to pursue with further stimulus and ideas. A ‘Q&A’ session with Geelong mayor Cr Bruce Harwood at City Hall was a real highlight where the girls were able to pose thoughtful and critical questions; a chance for our young people to see the potential for themselves as future change makers. Last week we also travelled to Torquay for a Pilates session, the purpose of this being the promotion of lifelong exercises that benefit physical and emotional wellbeing. We also had a very timely session with Senior School careers staff discussing future pathway options and the new exciting Year 10 structure. The girls are currently enjoying working through the design thinking process to formulate ideas of how they can make a difference in our community. You are invited to view a short time lapse video of last week’s sessions below.
Year 9 Student Transformation Report by Maximo Caldwell-Garcia
My name is Maximo and during the Transformation Program I explored the topic of animal abuse. During the Program we were asked to think of a project and brain storm ways we could make a difference. In week, one I decided to raise money by baking cupcakes to sell at school for $1.
My mother and I spent Sunday evenings in the kitchen baking cupcakes and decorating them into the night. During recess Deklan Kerry and I would sell the cupcakes and every dollar made was put in a jar. Over the time of the Transformation Program we raised a total of $303.00 which we donated to GAWS (Geelong Animal Welfare Society)
During school holidays I met with the GAWS Fundraising manager Cara who took my parents and I on a tour of the facility, She greatly accepted the donation of $303 that we raised during the term. Raising the money by baking cupcakes was a lot of fun and very rewarding in the end. I was so pleased to see that the money that was raised will go to a great local service that care for animals.