Before finding Anchor Point, Adrian (16) hadn’t been attending school regularly for a number of years.
At his previous school Adrian felt lost in a sea of students; “You don’t really get a lot of help because of how many students there are and how many teachers you have over a day. Sometimes I’d have my hand up and be waiting 20 minutes for a teacher to help me.
Here at Anchor Point, it’s a small class and you don’t have to go fast. You’re here four days a week so you can take as long as you need to complete your bookwork. I get a lot of support here and lots of advice, great advice sometimes.
At my previous school I had a pretty crappy time. Sometimes you’d just sit there and think do I belong here? At Anchor Point everyone talks to everyone. Here I know everyone’s name and everyone belongs, everyone’s accepted. If anyone was being bullied at their school I’d definitely recommend Anchor Point. I find it really easy to have conversations here. I was a bit quiet at the start but it didn’t take long to open up because I could just be myself.
At the moment I’m working to complete my Cert I in General Education. The Youth Worker has also helped me with my resume, I never had one before. My mum wanted me to be an air force pilot but I want to be a solider.”