Wow! What a week it has been working at Goodstart Early Learning Centre and living alone in little Proserpine!
So far, I have enjoyed everyday that I have been here and have learnt so much in such a short time. Before I got to Proserpine I was so excited about beginning my placement here and didn’t really have many expectations.
However, when I arrived I was completely taken back. Not only is the location and town itself beautiful, but so too are the people. What surprises me the most is how welcoming and supportive everyone is and how they are willing to take time out of their busy lives to show me around Proserpine and take me out to Airlie Beach.
The only challenging thing I can say is that I don’t have a stove in my accommodation, so I will be missing out on bacon and eggs in the mornings.
My first week at Goodstart Early Learning Centre was wonderful. What made it wonderful was the staff - they were very welcoming and willing to share their knowledge to support my growth and learning as a pre-service teacher. I have learnt a lot at the Centre this week and am looking forward to my upcoming weeks. I hope I can continue to acquire more knowledge and understanding on how to effectively create and develop learning environments and experiences to support children’s learning.
ACU has prepared me so well for my practicum work experience and it has helped to make this experience run smoothly so far. Without this preparation, I would have found the first week extremely challenging and difficult in terms of what was required and expected of me.
I am not only working hard to fulfil the Uni requirements, but I am also making an effort to experience Proserpine and the popular destinations that have been recommended to me. Over the weekend I went on a day cruise that took me through Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach, Whitehaven Beach, Daydream Island and lastly, to the Great Barrier Reef where I was able to go snorkelling. These places were all so different to each other, and were equally beautiful. I have also had a look at the sugar canes and learnt the process and have also gone through Main Street in Proserpine and had a look at the shops and café’s.