Making themselves at home

Our students at the Yuulong residential campus have well and truly settled into their home for the remainder of Term 2.

Students have had a whirlwind beginning to their Yuulong journey, having already participated in two surfing lessons and excursions to Otway Fly and Johanna beach. In the Otways, students explored the local area to learn more about the tourism industry and the impacts it has on the environment.

They were privileged to be accompanied on their Johanna beach walk by a local Gadabanud Elder, Richard Collopy, who offered some fantastic insights into the local environment and history of the land.

During the first few weeks of their stay, students are introduced to important life skills such as cooking in the kitchen. Students will assist chef, Sue, with the preparation of every meal as well as cleaning up duties.

While at Yuulong, students are encouraged to give everything a go and this cohort of students have already made their mark on the Yuulong program. They were eager to participate in general tasks around the campus, including restoring the table tennis table, marking out the track for an onsite walking track, ‘Yuuloop’, digging out new solo campsites and organising old hiking packs for donation to the 2nd Life Project.

Making new friends and getting to know their peers has been a huge part of the student experience so far including celebrating two birthdays and hosting several games and movie nights to create a homely atmosphere.

We’re excited to follow the journey of our students at Yuulong this term and watch them grow into more independent, resilient and community-minded people.