Tram Stop 2 – Golden Grove Lutheran Primary (GGLPS)

Stop 2: Hayley’s Magical Tram Stop Journey

‘The Magical Tram’ is ready for departure!

The tram conductor stands out in his smart uniform, a nod to the bygone days of Adelaide’s MTT. On his hat, the number 647 gleams, a badge of honour that speaks of his pride in the job. With a flourish, he blows the whistle, its sound a bright herald to all the magical journeys past and present. “All aboard for Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School!” he calls out, his voice carrying the excitement of the adventures that await.

It’s a beautiful autumn day, and as the tram hums along, I’m wrapped in the warmth of memories from my teachers, the principal, and deputy Mr K. They helped me, a dyslexic kid who sometimes felt out of place, find a sense of belonging.

Pulling into the school, it’s like stepping into a time machine. I think back to when the cool principal said I could try out the school for three weeks. I had to bid farewell to my old school, which I wasn’t too keen on, but looking back, it was the right thing to do.

I remember those Year 6 afternoons, sitting on the bench, chatting with kids who’d come by. It was simple, yet it felt like magic.

Mr. Napier, my first teacher, greets me with his kind smile. “Ready for another adventure, Hayley?” he asks. I remember how he could see through my little schemes to dodge schoolwork as I found it really hard. He understood dyslexia and helped me achieve more than ever before.

The school halls are a vibrant showcase of creativity, with each piece telling a story. Mr Napier shows me the latest learning adventures, and I’m brimming with pride.

Then, there were my Year 5 and 6 teachers, who were so special to me. They supported me through every challenge and celebrated every small victory. Their encouragement made me feel like I could achieve anything.

And there was the principal, coming to one special basketball game. After that game, he presented us with certificates, his way of saying, “You did great!” His support made that moment even more special.

I said farewell to Golden Grove in 2016, holding the ‘Trevor Winderlich Effort and Encouragement Award’ close. It’s a testament to what you can achieve with a little support and a lot of courage.

As the bell rings, it’s time to part ways. The deputy principal gives me a high-five. “You’re always welcome here, Hayley,” he says with a smile.

Stepping back onto the tram, I wave to my Golden Grove family. The tram trundles forward, and I’m filled with anticipation for the next magical stop.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Until we meet again, keep believing in the magic of new beginnings!

Hayley at Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School with  her 'Something A Little Different' presentation.