Scott Alldis is one of our Skyline Companion Teachers from Northern Bay College who shared some words about how Skyline students aren't just making a difference, they are excelling in what they do.
I will try not to ramble here a little bit, but I thought I'd just give a little bit of background on myself to start with. So, as I said, I teach at Northern Bay College, which is located in Corio in Geelong.
I don't often talk about this. And most of the kids that are watching tonight probably won't even know this, but I actually have a quite long history with Corio because my Gran grew up.
I was growing up, my Gran lived there for over 20 years before she passed away. When we were picking our backgrounds today, I actually put this Garfield up in the background because she hand-sowed it for me. So it's interesting for me because I've sort of been in and out of the neighbourhood. I've never lived there, but I spent a lot of time there growing up and I have a lot of really like positive memories there of like my Gran and Pop taking me to the village to go and look at the pet store of mother's day is a father's day of Christmases and things like that.
And. For me, I have a lot of positive memories in the neighbourhood. I started working at Northern Bay about five or six. This will be my sixth year now. So about five years ago. And I got the call up there from a CRT agency who were offering me basically a couple of weeks of work. And what they said to me at the time, and this sentence has floated around my head.
I reckon at least once a week, probably for at least five years as we were finishing the call, I said, yeah, you'll be okay out there. The kids are a little rough. So I went out there, you know, wondering what I'd be in for, thinking to myself, hey, I spent a lot of time in this neighbourhood and I never found out that bad.
And I got into my classroom on the first day, and I was really surprised to find kids, normal kids who like to learn kids who really want to excel and be excellent. Kids who just get through the classroom day to day. Kids that sometimes do present with complicated issues, but nothing that you wouldn't see, you're like, from any other school I've really taught as far.
So for me, sort of, for the first couple of years, I just went in thinking that, you know, these are normal kids that we work with. And then I got involved with the Skyline Companionship Program and specifically with some of the roles around identifying our students at Year 10 and working out the ones who we think might have the potential to get to Skyline. And to do that you have to help them with the applications. And then you get to see everything that's actually going on in their lives. And I realised, in a weird why I had it wrong. You read through the stories of these just incredible kids working through some of the most horrific circumstances to have to go through.
And they're kids that don't just want to get through that day. They want to excel. They want to put their best versions of themselves out to the world and give back. So I look at that and I realise that I was wrong at that time. Our kids aren't really normal kids either to deal with what they deal with and to still present what they present to us, they're super human.
So that's sort of the way I say at, and I'm really honoured that skyline would acknowledge my work. I'm really honoured that they've given me time to speak today. I'm really flattered that people look at the work I do with these kids and they think, wow, this is tremendous. And it really helps them.
But for me in a really weird way, it's never felt like work. It's just kind of felt like a natural extension of what I would want to be doing with my career, if that makes sense. So I guess really what I'm trying to get at here is thank you for having me up here, but mostly to my Skyline, not just to my Skyline students, but to all of the Skyline students watching.
Thank you for being just the incredible people that you are. It's really my honour to get to deal with you on a day to day basis.