On Monday the 4th of April, it was the seventh annual, Western Port Secondary College Beacon Charter Signing. The Beacon Foundation Supports “Bright Futures – No Dole” which aims to encourage all students to enter full time, education training, or employment by the 31st of March 2012.
Our two guest speakers, Anthony Garnham – Victoria State Manager of the Beacon Foundation, and Sam Cawthorn – Federal Government Youth Futurist & 2009 Young Australian of the Year, spoke to us about further education and how proud we should be of our school because we are a Premier Platinum school in the Beacon Foundation.
For most of the students the special guest speaker Sam Cawthorn was the highlight of the Charter Signing Ceremony. He visited our school to talk to our year 10 students about Bouncing Forward – Not Back.
In October 2006 Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident where he was pronounced dead. He was thankfully resuscitated, but was left with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg.
Sam was told he would never be able to walk again but after a year of rehabilitation he proved the doctors wrong by taking his first steps into a new life where his story would continue to inspire and change the lives of Australians and people all over the world.
Four of Western Port’s past students; Tarsha Johnston, Brad Kellet, Sharni Lee-Archer and Hayley King talked about how they’ve progressed since finishing year 12 and what options they chose for their further education.
Written by Loren Webster and Emily Hamilton-Aspinall of year 10.