A year has passed since I went on my Northern Territory adventure. I had planned to leave for 3 months over the Christmas period in 2014 but, as so commonly happens up here, I fell in love with the work, the NT and the wide-open spaces. I thought it was time to update readers on what I’ve been doing.
After working in the Northern Territory for three months I moved a bit closer to civilization – Julia Creek in rural North West Queensland where I began teaching students through School of The Air while living on another Cattle Station with a young farming family. This is known as being a Governess. This job role has been around for a very long time but it’s not as old fashioned as it sounds! Basically, the complete educational and wellbeing needs of the children were in my hands. I worked this role while continuing to finish off my Bachelor of Education via distance. This role was a temporary role that led me to my next adventure- Life Education.
Since June, I have been working for Life Education- Australia’s largest provider of Drug and Health Education to students. You might recognise the mascot- Healthy Harold! I have been towing a big 5th wheeler van around North West Queensland from Emerald across to Longreach, out to Camooweal (almost the NT boarder) then back across the Flinders Highway to Townsville. This has been an incredible opportunity where I have worked with many different students, learning abilities and environments.
I am excited to say that my nomadic adventure have almost come to and end with me moving back to Victoria in December. I look forward to seeing all the Bug-a-Lugs families again in the near future.
Learn through play,
12/7/2015 Hello everyone!
I am having the best time up here. The wet season has started and everything is turning green. It is so beautiful.
As we are so remote and don't have many safe swimming holes we were invited to attend a School of the Air Swim Week in Katherine. Katherine is about 9 hours drive from us so we left last Saturday. On the way we stopped at some pretty cool places like Heartbreak Hotel, Highway- In, Mataranka Thermal Springs & Daly Waters Pub.
Once arriving in Katherine, we met other kids from remote stations and got right onto learning how to swim. These kids range from 3-10 and all had very basic swim skills. Over the different days we did different work shops and I got to teach a group of students aged 5 how to swim which I found to be very rewarding.
We had planned to go to the cinema one night in Katherine but when we arrived they had decided to close for the night because it seemed quiet. That wouldn't happen in Bendigo!