Meet the Team – Emma 

Tell us about your family and where you’re from.

I’m from Munglingup, which is 100 km west of Esperance. We live on a station called Ned’s Corner and farm canola, wheat and breed black angus cattle. I’ve been there for about 15 years, so pretty much my whole life. I have one sister, Edie, who is in Year 9 and also boards here at PLC.

What did you get up to over the holidays?

I went to Cambodia on the Service tour and then went home to the station for a week. Sometimes we help on the farm – particularly during harvest. I’m not home that much for harvest anymore, but I used to be the one who had to run all the food and water out to all the workers. We also sometimes help out rock picking and give Mum and Dad a hand with the cattle.

How was Cambodia?

It was the service trip and it was great. There were eight girls from Year 10, who each brought one of their parents. My Dad came with me, which was great because I don’t get to see him that much, and sharing the experience with him was pretty special. On the first day we went to the S21 (Tuol Sleng) museum and the killing fields, which was pretty intense. It was a really full on experience and I was really grateful to have Dad there with me.

What’s your favourite thing about boarding?

I love all the ‘housies’ – like Ms Langdon and Ms Kolka – they’re like my other mothers. I can talk to them about anything. Living with all the girls is the other thing I love most. I think leaving boarding school is going to be really hard, because you’re not going to be surrounded by your friends, who kind of become your sisters, all the time.

It’s Wellbeing Week – how do you manage your wellbeing? What’s your go-to way to destress?

For me, sleep is really important. I try to make sure I go to bed at a decent time, and sometimes have naps in the afternoon or weekends if I feel like I need to catch up. Talking about things is also really important for me. I always talk to one of the housies. It might not be a big deal, but I feel like it’s good to get things off my chest. I also have a few really close friends who I can tell everything to – it’s not even about their response necessarily, it’s just feeling like I can tell them.

Who would you invite to your celebrity dinner party?

  • Kevin Hart – he’s just so funny. I feel like he’d be really rude, but in a funny way.
  • Michelle Obama – I’d love to meet her. She’s just so great, so iconic and so wise.
  • Glenn Robbins – who plays Russell Coight. Because he’s also really funny.

What made you want to work at the Lighthouse?

I love the responsibility. The fact you’re making your own money – it feels really good to be saving at this age. I also really like feeling as though I’m helping out and making a difference. It’s a really satisfying job and it’s such a nice place to work.

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