Off-campus camps and programs
From local to international sites, our students have enjoyed and benefitted from some wonderful experiences off campus over the last few weeks.
The opportunity to gain an understanding of expectations, procedures and opportunities in the year ahead was an important part of our Year 12 camp last week. Year 12 students and pastoral staff, under the guidance of our Acting VCE Co-ordinator Ms Julie Ripon, travelled to Forest Edge camp at Neerim East for the three-day program, which is the only residential program that the entire year level will be involved in this year.
While they enjoyed some recreational activities such as ropes courses, the flying fox, a comedian and an activity night, the focus of sessions was to prepare the students for the year ahead, both academically and emotionally. Our Year 12s have commenced this important year well and I look forward to their ongoing development and contribution to the School throughout their final year.
Our Unit 3 Geography class undertook its first fieldwork study in Melbourne this week, examining land use in the Docklands region. Students were required to use fieldwork techniques and secondary sources to investigate, analyse, describe and explain land use change and its impacts.
It was great to receive so much positive feedback about the Year 8 camps, which took place this week and last; Cape Conran is a beautiful part of East Gippsland. It is nice to know that so many of our students had the opportunity to appreciate its natural beauty and value as part of our Year 8 Conservation program.
Finally, some fortunate students have travelled abroad this week. Accompanied by Mr Matthew Goss and Ms Laura Evans, a group of Music students have arrived safely in Shanghai, China. They have enjoyed some of the sights in this amazing city in the company of students from Ivanhoe Grammar, Shanghai, where our Chinese students were formerly studying. Our Gippsland Grammar musicians will now turn their attention to participation in the International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) Festival. I look forward to hearing more about this wonderful experience on their return next week.