Week 3 Reflection

Week 3, well this was a WHOLE lot of firsts.

We found out and went to our community services (mine was at North Melbourne P.S on Thursday), we did our first fully self-oriented trail (the Mini-Trail) and we went on a trail about the Homeless.

Personally, I was hoping I would get a position at the Op. Shop for some work experience and also I don’t really like working with kids who are younger than me by more than a year, but all in all it was pretty good. Alex and I (Alex is my partner for Com. Service) helped out the year 2’s with some gardening and oh God their Vegie Patch is huge. They have a Vegie Patch bigger than the loft! That wasn’t too bad except Alex and I had to pretend we knew perfectly well what we were doing when to be truthful we were mostly guessing and hoping it wouldn’t show.

The homeless trail wasn’t too interesting, but it was a bit eye opening. The most interesting part was seeing some of the spots where people “slept rough” first hand. One of the most interesting was one under a bridge where you had to swing your whole body around wall and hope not to fall into the Yarra.

Lastly the Mini-Trail. This was quite an experience and I can’t wait for the Options Trail. My group (Myself, Aidan, Imogen and Amy) are the Media & Journalism group. We did a couple surveys and managed to set up an interview with a reporter from the mX. We all now understand how hard it can be to survey people, I even had someone blatantly ignore, rather than lying and saying they don’t have the time. The interview was probably the most informative part and we got a lot of what we needed and we now know what we need for next time and we won’t just flail around for the first 15 minutes. But the best bit of that day was when I got a free hug and a Valentine’s Day card from a man at Flinders St Station. The card read: “I’m only in this for your cute butt. Obviously. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

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Critical Question: Communities

‘A sense of connection is the most important aspect of a community.’ Agree or Disagree?

Well first and foremost, let’s cover what a community is and what a connection is.

So what is a community? according to the Oxford Dictionary, a community is “the people of a district or country considered collectively, especially in the context of social values and responsibilities”. So to put it in a more simple fashion, a group of people who live together in terms of responsibility and social ideas/values.

So if that’s what a community is, what is a connection, specifically a connection in a community? Well according to the reliable source, Oxford Dictionary (which added the words “twerk” and “selfie” to the dictionary), a connection is “people with whom one has social or professional contact or to whom one is related, especially those with influence and able to offer one help”. So to me that means a connection in a community is when you have a a social or professional contact with the people in your community. So what having a connection with your community means is that you are in contact in one way or another with the people in your community.

So if I had to pick a side, I think I would have to side with the “agree” side and that is for one simple reason, which is: what really is a community without a sense of connection? some people would say that utilities are more important to a community, but I don’t consider it a community if there is no sense of connection. We don’t consider animals who live together or near each other a community, for the simple reason that they don’t have a connection with one and other. So really, a community is nothing without a connection, the same way a person needs oxygen to live, a community needs people to have connections within it to thrive. If we didn’t have this connection, we would just be a lot of people living in the same general area, having nothing at all in common, so we might as well being living on completely different sides of Australia for all it matters.

So in the end in my opinion, a connection between people is essential within a community and there could be nothing more important.

Bibliography:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/connection

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/community

Week 2 Reflection

Week two, well this was an experience if I’ve ever seen one!

I learnt quite a bit about Fitzroy and the community around it. It was the most fun I’ve had so far! We went around talking to members of the community (e.g Police Officer, John’s friend/ local Cafe Owner) and we got all sorts of views and opinions, but all mostly positive of course, because who doesn’t like they’re own community? There was only ONE negative part about the trail and that was when right at the end John shouted a drink for everyone and then it hit us that to pay for a drink for all 17 of us would be quite a expensive and we all felt guilty for ordering something.

The only other part of the week I remember was the Teamwork skill workshop, where we had to carry each other and the person being carried didn’t feel very safe to say the least. We also had  to build a tower out of newspapers which was unfairly won, because we weren’t allowed to tape our tower to the ceiling to keep it steady, but the winning group was allowed to tape it to the ground for exactly that.

All in all, it was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the surprises next week holds.

Week 1 Reflection

Sooo, our first week of Galileo. What can I say? It was an interesting experience to say the least.

We started off with  the three teachers, introducing themselves to us (Tamar, John and Jane). I was hoping we would jump straight into some work outside of school, but sadly, I was disappointed.

I was quite surprised how open the John, Tamar and Jane were with us about everything, being very straight-forward and telling us everything we needed to know. Homework was the next big surprise, because we wouldn’t be handing in any work really. We would either be doing field work for later presentation, or work on this blog. And here I was thinking this blog was going to be fun!

But the best part of the week by far was when we actually went out and on the Trail around the city. My group included myself, Jerry, Dihan and Mungo. Even though it wasn’t so great to have one of the worst trails which dragged us around the whole city (It wasn’t fun to have to work everywhere) and also not being able to find the Public Purse because it was described as purple.(in case you’re wondering, it’s more brown).

Overall the week was a good introduction and I’m excited for the rest of the term. 🙂