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Carla da Roza (2017) reflects on her time at Glenaeon

Carla da Roza, downloaded her HSC results in the Flagstaff, Arizona Walmart store

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Glenaeon Year 12 student (2017) Carla da Roza, downloaded her HSC results in the Flagstaff, Arizona Walmart store. 

Carla, along with 21 other Glenaeon Year 12 students, had just spent three weeks kayaking and hiking down 300 km of the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River, and the students were in the store returning the dry suits they had worn for the previous three weeks without showering! 

The journey these students undertook had never before been completed by an Australian school group, and was the result of Glenaeon winning a bid from hundreds of travellers around the world to raft through the canyon. 

Carla received four Band 6 results in Ancient History, Society & Culture, Visual Arts and English – Advanced, and achieved an ATAR of 95.2. 

She visited the school this week, and told us she has been accepted into a four-year Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation degree at the University of Technology, Sydney and a Social Science and Law degree at Macquarie University. 

Carla has accepted both offers and deferred for a year, while she works as a pharmacy assistant to raise funds for her plan to join her cousin, Dr Alex James, in the Kimberley as a volunteer with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy later this year.

As well as law and journalism, she is interested in biology, and she feels her gap year will help focus her decision about tertiary study. 

When asked what she wants to be doing in ten years, she says hopes either to be working in business with her brothers, working for the UN, roving the world as a foreign correspondent or, after a revealing encounter with a homeless domestic violence survivor on the footpath in Chatswood recently, working in a medical capacity with similar women in need.

Carla says her time at Glenaeon is memorable for many reasons, but the teachers who became her role models and mentors made the real difference. She always felt at home, and described the Middle Cove campus as ‘a place where I could be myself…and find my own motivation to work.”

She laughed when asked if she was upset to have missed Schoolies week due to her time spent on the Colorado River in America. “That trip was the best thing I have ever done in my life…it helped me grow as a person and I’m now able to be more myself”, she says. “I learnt teamwork, to rely on myself, to push myself, and grew both physically and emotionally.”

Carla’s mum, Serena Agius, agrees. She says, “Carla has grown as a person, building confidence and belief in herself in a way I could not imagine in a different school setting. The overall Glenaeon program, and the beautiful environment, have contributed to her finishing school in such a happy way. I feel that Glenaeon’s pastoral care, and specific elements such as the outdoor education program, have made all the difference.”

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