Katherine Goff (2014)
Since graduating in 2013 I have tried to move out of my comfort zone, pursue my passions, and gain life experience. In my gap year (2014), I worked full time at Waverley Christian College as an Outdoor Recreation Trainee, teaching classes, going on camps, and assisting the teaching staff. It was a very challenging year and I was so blessed to start full time work in a Christian school. In 2015 I commenced my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne while playing semi-professional football with South Melbourne Football Club. In August 2015 I deferred my degree and moved to Saint Petersburg, Russia. I spent the next 9 months teaching English at a private language school which was an incredibly steep learning curve! I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and was able to connect with a multilingual church and professional football club there. I returned to Australia in June 2016 and intend to complete my Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Languages in German, Italian, and Russian. I hope to go on to complete a Masters of Applied Linguistics, but we shall see!
I can confidently say that I would never have had all of these opportunities had it not been for Heatherton Christian College. Being selected to represent the school in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars program which ultimately secured my enrolment at the University of Melbourne was an honour. Furthermore, I cannot thank the teachers enough for acting as references and informing me of the position at Waverley Christian College. Not only did this open up the opportunity for me to work in a school environment, but it also prepared me for my teaching contract in Russia.
Small schools are often boycotted by ambitious and concerned parents because they are afraid that they can’t prepare and give students the opportunities necessary for life after high school and entry into higher education. However, I strongly believe that Heatherton Christian College is capable of helping students to reach their potential and pursue their dreams. Thank you for helping me with mine!