Friday morning at 5 am, Troy, Cody, Mathew, and Matthew, along with Mr Rowley, began their 4-day trip to Tasmania. After a flight, a bus trip, and a ferry, we found ourselves on Maria Island, a small island off the east coast of Tasmania. The trip was organized by Federation University and Anglicare, and was designed as a way to mentor and guide selected students on what they want to do in the future.
Saturday saw us (along with 2 other schools) hiking 23km to a beach, where we were able to swim and relax before being picked up in a boat, and taken back to our accommodation(which used to be convict rooms). Due to some bad weather, Sunday saw us hiking 6km up and around some of the smaller hills, as the planned hike would have had us battling 100km winds. Across the 4 days, the 5 of us were able to interact with people from other schools, communities, and occupations. We talked about life, our plans, the future, how we got where we are, and how we can get to where we want to be. The whole weekend was a fantastic experience, and our students were excellent representatives of Monterey. The University is hopeful to work with our school again in the future and a big reason for that is because of how well behaved, engaging, friendly, adventurous and welcoming the 5 of us were.