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For the third in our series of ‘where are they now’ features, we catch up with former Trent College pupils Matt Shuttleworth and Harriet Livesey, who are currently working as GAP students at Geelong Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia.
Matt was a pupil at The Elms from Year 1 and Harriet started Trent College in Year 9, where she boarded until leaving last year.
Matt and Harriet were involved in all aspects of Trent life: they were both involved in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme where they achieved their Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards, they took part in the Borneo Expedition in 2011 and Matt was a Corporal in Trent’s Combined Cadet Force, whilst Harriet was a Sergeant.
Both worked really hard to gain an A*, A and B grades at A-Level, and they are now enjoying living away from home and experiencing different ways of life before they start their university studies next year. Matt plans to study Geography at Birmingham University whilst Harriet plans to study an Art at Loughborough University.
Harriet has sometimes found it very hard to be so far away but reports that everyone at Geelong Grammar School is so friendly and the students are great.
Matt reports that it has been an enjoyable challenge being away from home for such a long time. He feels it is helping him gain life skills that will prepare him greatly for going to University and beyond.
Whilst out in Australia, they have both had the exciting opportunity to travel to Cairns and Port Douglas, the Great Barrier Reef, the Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree River.
Matt says that his time at Trent helped him to prepare for his GAP Year a great deal, as he gained leadership, life and team skills through captaining the 1st XI hockey team, being a Corporal in CCF and taking part in group expeditions to Mongolia, Borneo and Turkey. Harriet has found that boarding for five years helped her gain independence and experience of living away from home. She also valued the opportunities to go on school trips, such as sports trips to Australia and New Zealand, Holland and Germany and Dubai along with other cultural trips to Russia and an Expedition to Borneo.
We all wish Matt and Harriet all the best for their futures and hope to catch up with them again when they begin their university adventures next year.