Sunday, 21 April 2019

{Day 110} Easter

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Thursday, 4 April 2019

{Day 93} Work Placement

Tomorrow is the end of my placement at West Care Foster Care in Melton.

While some students in my class have struggled and still struggled to find work placement, I had way too many options. In the end 9 organisations were willing to take me but it was one of my friends whom referred me to be a student at her workplace in the end.

Going in I was confident but a little nervous but coming out I am optimistic of my future. While I found that Case Management is not for me, while in my placement I was exposed to the gaps in the system, the flaws and the lack. With my passion being our indigenous culture, it wasn't long before I was seeing that most - if not all of the "Culture and Identity" folders on their system- with the exception of the 4 indigenous kids culture plans done by VACCA, were completely blank. I mean every single child has a folder for their connection to culture and identity and every single folder had nothing in it. It blew my mind that so many kids from a whole range of cultures in the system are losing who they are.

In the short time I was with the fostering service I like to think I made an impact. I created an internal folder with links to local indigenous organisations, events and activities as well as making a brochure for carers informing them of ways to keep kids connected throughout their time with them. This included significant days, medical and dental entitlements for the children as well as connecting them with indigenous community groups.

I wish I had longer at this organisation because the lack they have was significant. KESO's were no where in sight and children and families using their service have no connection to their ancestral lands and languages. All I could do was refer them but I would have loved to be a part of helping them get home.

So as I say goodbye to the wonderful staff whom have welcomed me, mentored me and were patient in allowing me to learn - I am grateful.

What a great first experience of work life I have had, as well as juggling full time study and the 6 kids. I cant believe I did it..

I'm not going to lie, some days were hard with kids needing me well after I was done with my day but every day I pushed through relying on God's strength top get me through another day. There were definitely early mornings and early nights and days I felt I had no more to give but I did it and I'm so appreciative to have some amazing kids whom helped out when I needed it, put a blanket on me when I fell asleep on the couch with all my paperwork on me or just made me a cuppa coffee when I was drowning in work late at night.
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Sunday, 17 March 2019

{Day 76} Melbourne United

Our Panthers boys were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to take part in a basketball clinic before the 2019 NBL Grand Final. 

Here are some pics of their day!

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Friday, 22 February 2019

{Day 52} Tears of Joy

It’s been a pretty massive week for me mentally and emotionally, but before bed tonight I want to share my thoughts on my nephew. 

My nephew, whom is experiencing racism at school, whoms Dad is currently in hospital with cancer and internal bleeding, whoms Mum is currently absent and not in touch at all with her kids just completely and utterly amazes the hell out of me!

My nephew bought me to tears tonight as he played basketball just as he does every other Friday night. 

Hiram makes me so proud. When he is out on the court playing the game he loves he leaves everything he is dealing with aside and just focuses on his coach, his team and his game. 

Watching from the side of the court I just found myself whelling up at the strength of this kid. Calling out racism this week, hearing that his Dads in hospital and here he is lay up after lay up with his Mum and Dads inherented athleticism and his Dads strong facial features, determination and pride while I watch on from the side. 

He deserves his Mum and Dad there cheering him on, watching and encouraging him from where I am but in that moment, I couldn’t be more prouder to be raising such a resilient, strong, proud young man! 

The shit he has been through is nothing in comparison of what’s to come but little glimpses like today help me sleep at night knowing that he knows how to hold himself with the safety and protection of me to fall back on always. 

Hiram, if you ever read this, never lose your spark! Always do what you know is right and always call out racism! You deserve love and respect! From your family, from your friends and from your team! Always be proud to be your mothers son, your fathers name and your Auntys one and only nephew!! Love you and I’m so so proud of you mate xx 
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Thursday, 31 January 2019

{Day 31} High Schooler

On the 31st of January as the Summer School holidays end for another year my son Jiedyn begins his first year of high school.

Both nervous and excited he left for the 7.30am bus with the girls and reassured me that he would be fine.

This was so hard for me being that I have been there for him every step of the way throughout his education journey, by his side at all major events in his life and now I had to respect his wishes to take these next steps alone.

My son is growing up..

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