This Spring Vacation program, as we have many times before, Aeon Academy was delighted to welcome a work experience student into our team.
Callum spent a busy week turning his hand to every job in the centre, from our specialised and foundation programs to helping out in the kitchen, and even assisting Saadia in the office.
As the week drew to a close, we sat him down and asked him about his experience…
Aeon: Who are you?
I’m Callum! I am 16 years old, and attend Alfred Deakin High School. I enjoy playing the guitar and building lego spaceships with my brothers.
Aeon: Why did you choose Aeon Academy for work experience?
I enjoy working with children, and I have great memories of attending Aeon when I was young.
Aeon: Have you worked before?
I participated in work experience at the ANU School of Music.
Aeon: How did things compare to your expectations?
I didn’t know what to expect when coming to Aeon for work experience, and I was very nervous. When I arrived, however, I discovered that there was no reason to be afraid as everyone was friendly and polite and I found it easy to fit in.
Aeon: Anything else you’d like to add?
Working at Aeon has been really fun and I think I have gotten some great skills out of it!
It was a pleasure to have Callum working with us, and we’d have him again any time.
If you’re interested in the idea of doing work experience with Aeon Academy, reach out to our office and get in touch! We’d love to have you.
Aeoncademy’s longstanding commitment to Nurture the Creative Spark has always extended to older students preparing themselves for greater responsibilities, for bigger and better things. Whether they’re readying themselves for further study, getting real-world experience in the arts, or broadening their horizons through Creative Education more entirely.
Most of our team at Aeoncademy today are people who grew up in the service and stuck around, like Andrew’s Story tells. Luke, Isabelle, Ochre, Dieter are all facilitators who grew up with the service and have been a part of the student body from a very young age.
Alex, Rania and Ella are all assistants who found some of their earliest employment with Aeoncademy as well. We’ve had our students come through for Work Experience, training, and both personal and professional development throughout their lives and careers.
And so during the Spring Program the latest push to introduce some of the graduands of the program, George, Enki, and Max, to experience in the arts and education sector.
To begin with, this team of youngsters have been writing our fantastic Vala story The Young Mutant Chronicles, and debuting with The Triangulation Effect: A story about the birth of the superhero phenomenon in the Sea of Babiro – in our Fantastical world – the Dawnsaga fantasy.
Following on from their success, with the absolutely awesome module that’s unfolding before our very eyes today, we’ve given them a shot at being our ‘DM’s’ – Vala’s brand of Facilitator.
George joining the Team at Aeoncademy
George got started facilitating Florence Falls – a very technically challenging story all about the power struggle between city states at the height of the Renaissance.
George, 16, has been attending Vala since he was 9 years old in the Generation One of the ‘Vala Club’. Pushing Luke to the limits of his DM-ing ability with his wise (almost story-breaking wise) input as a bear-tribe elder in our Hiburn Steppes Dawnsaga Fantasy story.
Under Andrew’s guidance, George seized the reins and guided the story throughout the day with aplomb.
Max & Enki joining the Team at Aeoncademy
Enki,and Max, both 18, are both older and more experienced in Aeoncademy’s unique brand of Education through Creativity.
Enki got his start at age 5with the earliest prototypes of the Vala program – Valhalla Club. Enki has been with us all the way through our development.
Max, meanwhile, has been attending Aeoncademy since he was 12, beginning as a Creative Catalyst student. Over time, he’s started specialising into Vala. With such a breadth of experience inside Aeoncademy, Max has used his foundation of Education through Creativity to inspire him into Education more broadly, and he’s started a Bachelor of Education this year.
Together, Enki and Max have been co-facilitating The Triangulation Effect under Mathew’s guidance, and have been bringing the weird world of the Sea of Babiro to life throughout the day.
It’s been fantastic watching these guys take on the serious responsibility of Facilitatorship, and we can’t wait to see how their progress continues into the future.
I started coming to Aeoncademy when I was seven years old, filling my holidays with creative art projects to take home to the family.
The program ignited the creative spark in me and has fuelled my passion for art which I have pursued throughout school.
When I turned fifteen I spent my holidays volunteering in Creative Catalyst, using it as chance to learn and further my art skills while getting to work with children in a fun environment.
Now almost finished year twelve I work as a casual employee during the vacation programs.These holidays however I have come to Aeoncademy to undertake work experience and am sampling the different working aspects of the business from office work to catering.
The kids in Creative Catalyst channelled their inner bird as they sculpted fowls and songbirds from clay. It can be challenging teaching ceramics to fledglings but very rewarding when you see their beautiful creations at the end of the day.
One of my jobs of the day was to set up a recycling station. Making sure the signs were clear what rubbish goes in which bin. I had to find examples of different types of rubbish to stick above the bins to make it easier to establish what type of waste something is.
The rest of the day was split between Creative Catalyst and helping Ochre (our chef) out in the kitchen which consisted of making popcorn for fifty children plus staff , which is a lot of popcorn!