Last year, Serina was lucky enough to be selected for a trip to Melbourne. Somehow, we forgot to publish this story, but with the next CFF trip just around the corner…now is a good time to remember just how much fun Serina, Lena and Shikayla had whilst learning so much and making new friends!
I got picked to go to Melbourne for the CFF (Cathy Freeman Foundation) because I had excellent attendance and I have been putting lots of effort into my work and attitude this term. Rita went with us to take care of us and Shikayla and Lena were picked by their teachers too.
The weather in Melbourne was really cold for us because it is nearly always hot on Elcho Island. Also there were lots of big buildings and I have never been up that high in a building before.
On the first day, we went to this really cool place with lots of trampolines. My family always has bouncing castles at my house so it was really nice to jump on the big trampolines and run around everywhere.
On all of the days we did fun things together with all the kids, like playing in the games room, learning how to rock climb or learning about balancing outside. We also played a Mario game with potatoes.
We were learning lots of things in Melbourne. We went to the MCG sport museum and we saw the Melbourne university.
We went into the university and saw lots of adults learning. I learnt a lot of things in Melbourne and I learnt about the history about Melbourne.
We all went surfing, the water was really cold and I looked like a teenager in my wet suit.
And we did presentations, I met lots of new people and made lots of friends.
We drove around in the bus a lot and we also went on trams.
Every afternoon we did journal writing about what we did in the day time.
On the last day we went to a restaurant and had dinner with Cathy Freeman and her crew.
It was hard being away from home because I missed my mum and home. But I loved my time in Melbourne. Everyone that took us places and looked after us was really really nice to us. It truly was an amazing and exciting experience for me away from home.