Year 12 students spent their advisor session in good company today, with a visit from former BSSC student, local musician, and the man behind Bendigo for Homeless Youth, Luke Owens.

Luke’s simple, yet powerful, message challenged students to make their final year of secondary school a great one and be the very best version of themselves they can be.

Between 2012 and 2013, Luke raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for homeless youth in Bendigo and inspired the likes of Sydney Myer to become involved. He’s now a teacher and regular wedding entertainer, and gave students a taste of his musical talent with an impromptu performance on the Ulumbarra stage.

Luke used a video of the Stanford University “marshmallow experiment” to encourage students to prioritise their time, apply themselves for a year, and enjoy the benefits that will come as a result.

“It’s about setting yourself up for future opportunities,” he said. “Doing the best you can in your VCE or VCAL puts you in the best possible position… whether your goal is employment, further study, or even a gap year and travel.”

A huge thank you to Luke for sharing his own experiences of life and school with such honesty and generosity.


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