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With one eye on exams, VCE students at the Portland Secondary College were treated to an inspirational visit from Ben Abbatangelo of The Resilience Project.

 

As part of a visit to Portland for Mental Health Week, Mr Abbatangelo spoke to the students about having a positive outlook in life, even when life appears to be holding them down."He spoke about the positive impact two people had on his life," said Year 10 level manager and VCE teacher Nicole van Veen."The first person he spoke about was a close friend ‘Massa’ and how he helped him focus on being positive."‘Massa’ was former West Coast eagle footballer Michael ‘Massa’ Mascoulis, who played football alongside Mr Abbatangelo. Unfortunately, Mr Mascoulis died in a car crash in December 2013.The second part of Mr Abbatangelo’s talk was about a young boy he met in India while on a cricket tour; while this young boy was disabled, but had a positive outlook on life."Ben reiterated to the students that building resilience is important," added Ms van Veen.With VCE exams beginning in less than a month, Ms van Veen felt it was important to focus on the students’ mental health."It was a good way for students to look at themselves and think ‘Things are going well in my life’ which is important."

 

Students find Inspiration

 

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Photo courtesy of Portland Observer.