Jordane Hyams (OL 2010)

Howqua is the first thought that comes to mind when I’m asked about my time at Lauriston. What an amazing experience and opportunity for self-development. The Outdoor Program encourages you to push yourself in ways you didn’t think possible. It also helps you realise that you are responsible for yourself, those around you, and the greater community. I returned from my Howqua year with much more self-confidence and independence … and many new friends! 

After finishing my International Baccalaureate, I decided to take a gap year. I spent ten months in Israel working with children. It was interesting to transition from being educated to being taught to lead as part of my involvement with a youth movement, to being a leader and then returning home. My experience overseas was very powerful, so I decided I wanted to work in education. I completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History, then undertook Honours in Art History in the 20th Century before completing a Masters of Teaching. I currently work as an education programs assistant at the National Gallery of Victoria, in addition to my role as a classroom teacher at Armadale Primary School. 

My time at Lauriston was such a positive experience, and I feel a strong sense of belonging to the Lauriston community. I believe that scholarships create opportunities, and I appreciate the opportunities receiving a scholarship provides me.