When We Believe… A Year 12 story
BELIEF; bɪˈliːf/ noun
1. an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.
2. trust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something).
‘I came to Fairholme, overly confident, as a Boarder in Year 8. I had been at school at home in Tara, and I was quite naughty. I was disruptive in class, and while it was harmless, it wasn’t how I should have been behaving.’
But, as Lauren recounts, people saw more than ‘naughty’ in her.
‘All through those years, people just kept believing in me. No one wiped their hands of me. Everyone was so forgiving – but encouraging at the same time.’
The real turning point came in Year 10, though, when Lauren’s antics landed her in the Principal’s office.
‘I was in Dr Evans’ office. In trouble, again. She looked at me, and she said, “Lauren my goal for you is to get an academic award by the end of Year 12.” And I was like, “I can not do that.” And Dr Evans said “Yes, you can.” That was the turning point me. Hearing it from Dr Evans, that there was a belief that I could be better.’
It’s driven Lauren to aim higher, not just in her Senior years at Fairholme, but when she leaves.
‘I never thought I would go to University. I just didn't think it would be something I could achieve. Now I’ll hopefully be studying Nursing Paramedics next year. And eventually I want to get into Medicine,’ she says as her face slowly reveals a proud smile.
‘I would never have aspired to that if it wasn’t for the people here.’
Lauren thanks her dedicated Pastoral Care Teachers, her French teacher and the Learning Enhancement Centre for helping her get to this point.
‘Mrs Anderson and Miss Macks have been amazing. They never gave up on me, and always saw the good in me. Sometimes they rolled their eyes,’ she says, laughing now. ‘Ms Hammond in the LEC and Madame Grams, who has seen it all! I’ll miss all of them next year – especially Mrs Brazier, Madame Grams and the two Andersons.’
It’s been a memorable journey for the little girl from Tara, especially this year, as she looks back at a photo of Powell House celebrating.
‘Winning the Athletics Carnival was a real highlight for me this year. All of our hard work had paid off and it was just such a great day. This photo was taken just after it was announced we won. Someone yelled out “PHOTO!” And we all just ran in, and we were all so happy.’
Lauren’s Nan and Aunty are Fairholme Old Girls, and at the end of this week, she too will join the family list. Fairholme, however, will never be far from her mind.
‘I think if anything is ever tough next year, I’ll think of here and know that I can do it. I will think of all the people who believed in me, and I won’t let them down.’