AYAC team away day 2013

In preparation for the staff away day, our boss man Andrew Cummings gave us all homework to do — to make a creative presentation that reflects AYAC and our team. See part of what a member of our ever-so-creative AYAC team came up with, below!




Oh, the Change We’ll Make Grow!
in the style of
Dr. Seuss

Today is staff day!
We’re all being creative
And we now turn to Rey.

We’ve got brains in our heads,
And feet in our shoes
With a team this amazing
You know we can’t lose.
We’re all here together. And we know what we know.
And today we’ll decide where we all need to go.

We’ll brainstorm ideas. Think about many roads
Sadly most we can’t travel due to crazy workloads
But with heads full of brains and shoes full of feet
We’ll decide the best challenges we know we can meet.

Whilst there’s so many roads
That we want to go down
We must let some go
Lest in work we will drown.

It’s healthier there
When we come up for air

We’ll make changes happen
Though change may be slow
But we’re brainy and footsy
And we’ll give it a go.

And when change starts to happen
Don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
We’ll start happening too.


In three years we’ve grown up!
We’ve soared to high heights!
We’ll take on Goliaths!
We’ll win the big fights!

We won’t lag behind, we’ll do all that we need
To make youth issues heard with us in the lead.
Whatever we choose we’ll be best of the best
We’ll win every battle because we’ll never rest.

Except, if we don’t.
Because, sometimes we won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, I must
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
could happen to us.

We might get so confused
that our minds start to race
Chasing wild geese & herrings   at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles to a weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Meeting Place… (that’s Canberra)

…where too many people are just waiting
Waiting for a bus to go
or fast train to come, or a plane to go
or the polls to come, or the cold to go
or the bells to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for the chance to say No
or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the tax to bite
or waiting for the win to be in sight
or waiting around for election night
or waiting, perhaps, to air strange views
or their numbers to firm
or to break the news
or another term.

Everyone is just waiting.

That’s not for AYAC!

There’s dreams to make grow!
There is fun to be done!
There are points to be made.
There’s campaigns to be won.

And the things we will do to break through any wall
will make us the winning-est winners of all.

We’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
We’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as we go.
So be sure when we step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up the right wing with the left.

And will we succeed?
Yes! We will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Andrew,
Jacs/Josh/Nat or Rey,
Belinda, Blake or
something starting with “K”,
You’re off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Our mountain is waiting.

So . . . let’s get on our way!