Moreland Term 2 Week 2 2022
To begin the program, we met at Oxygen Youth Space on Wednesday morning and played some ice breakers, talked about program and school expectations and set our group's code of conduct, highlighting our group values and goals. The group showed high morale even on the first day which is great to see. We spent the afternoon boxing with Sal in Maribyrnong. We spoke a lot about attitude and having a positive mindset. Sal helps set a great framework for the program and we visit him three times within the program. It was so great to see all students putting in all their efforts and skills on the boxing bags. The session was fast pace, raising everyone's heart rates and breaking a sweat! The students did extremely well in participating and giving it a go, finishing the day on a high.
On Thursday, all students arrived at Collingwood station with great attitudes, - a reflection on how they feel about the program so far perhaps? We spent the morning completing the short Sherbrook Falls hike. The students did well as a team and remained in high spirits. Some students took turns on being the leader and did really well in those roles. We spoke about the difference between low resilience and high resilience responses and having a positive mindset when we face challenging times. We will focus on this heavily for our first camp at the Cathedral Ranges hike. For the afternoon, we went to Trees Adventure, a high ropes course in Belgrave. Some students faced challenges such as heights and using their upper body strength to complete the course. They all did really well. The students feedback for the day was great as they all enjoyed it. Each student acknowledged a certain character strength they used throughout the day, helping them to start thinking about what makes them great as a person.
On Friday we spent the morning in a classroom at Collingwood Alternative School (CAS) working on our journals and creating goals for the term. The students also completed the VIA Character Strength survey which calculated their top 5 character strengths. This program focuses on character strengths through the term and will be using activities to develop on these, allowing students to be reminded of the positives. The students did a great job at engaging in these tasks in the classroom. For the afternoon, we went to Melbourne Polytechnic in Fairfield to do a landscaping taster. The instructors Tim and Ash introduced the students to how to make a pavement using sand and bricks. Every student gave their best and was 100% committed to completing their task. All students showed impressive practical skills and determination. This is a great way for students to get a glimpse into what can be offered once they complete their schooling. After the activity, we were able to ask questions about TAFE opportunities and what is offered. Well done everyone for a great first week! :)