Our guest speaker at the assembly was former pupil, Tayla Hobbs who graduated in 2014. Tayla began her Bachelor of Early Childhood/Primary Education in 2015 at the Australian Catholic University in Ballarat and although she was enjoying the whole experience of university, mid- way through her second year of studies Tayla felt the need for a personal challenge in her life. She began to think about working overseas and after a period of investigation and questioning she decided that in 2017 she would spend the year abroad working as an au pair for a family living in London.
After three months, Tayla decided that, despite enjoying aspects of the position, the role of au pair hadn’t worked out as well as she had hoped and so she began working for a different family as a nanny for young Arthur. She described how close she became to the family and that she found Lucy, Arthur’s mother, a very inspirational woman, someone who had a significant influence on Tayla’s thinking, particularly about women’s role in the workforce.
Tayla travelled widely whilst based in London and said that she arrived back in Australia in December feeling uplifted and positive. Her message to our students was that if you challenge yourself, you will appreciate the struggles and opportunities you’ve experienced.
Tayla concluded her presentation with the following quote which she felt reflected her feelings and experiences;
“When you leave here today, you can follow someone else’s script, try to make choices that will make other people happy, avoid discomfort, do what is expected and copy the status quo. Or you can look at all that you have accomplished today and use it as fuel to venture forth and write your own story. If you do amazing things will take shape.”
It is always great to hear from former students about the pathways they have followed after leaving school and we really appreciated Tayla taking the time to speak at our special assembly.