This week is a special one as it is a bonus week for four of our students. This is because three out of four of our Collingwood College crew are on a five day camp at Mt Baw Baw. Despite this we have a lot planned for this week mostly focusing around our community bike donation project.
Wednesday started the bike theme as we picked up the students and headed straight to for Avanti plus to learn how to build a bike from Jack. We have been working with Jack for awhile now and he does a fantastic job at teaching the young people how to teach others how to build a bike. The students listened attentively, built the bike and locked away the necessary knowledge to be applied at a later day. After this we drove straight to Richmond gym to meet Andrew for our second last gym session. We met with Andrew and he put us to work. We did cardio, upper body focused machines and then a core tightening round of ab exercises. Having worked our bodies we then drove to Collingwood Alternative School to work on our minds. Our mind working task was to allocate and then write our speeches for the graduation next week. The team did an excellent job at picking what activity and character strength they want to highlight and worked hard to get their speeches done. After this we had a quick look through all the photos from the term and went home feeling somewhat nostalgic of the term.
Thursday saw the bike theme roll on (pun intended) as we met with Donovan and Rebecca from Goodcycles to build our bikes. Goodcycles are an enormous assist to have in the community and our program and do great work to make sure the bike we donate are up to scratch. We met picked up everyone from Collingwood station and then drove back to CAS to get building. With credit to the young people they hustled hard and built the bikes in record time. Everyone focused well and were able to apply the skills and tricks learned off Jack yesterday to build and fix up 8 bikes in total. We thanked Donovan and Rebecca for their help and drove to our Myskills workshop at Melbourne Polytechnic in Plenty Valley. The purpose of this session was to expose the young people to the options they have with their education. We spoke about a range of different career pathway options and got some helpful tips on where to find this information. We wrapped up the day and said goodbye for the week.
Friday was a student free day given to help the crew catch up on journals.