Year 12 Camp
The opportunity to spend some time together and gain an understanding of expectations, procedures and opportunities in the year ahead is an important one for our Year 12 students. Students and pastoral staff, under the guidance of our VCE Co-ordinator Ms Justeen Hahn, travelled to Forest Edge camp at Neerim East on Wednesday for this three day program. This is the only residential program that the year level as a whole will be involved in this year. Although there will be recreational activities such as ropes courses, the flying fox, a comedian and a themed activity night, the focus will be on sessions aimed to prepare students for the year ahead both academically and emotionally. The practice of mindfulness as a technique for focus and calm will be an important element in this preparation and we will revisit this again in Term 2 with a school visit by the Breathe Project. The 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.
Year 8 Outdoor Education Program
It was great to receive so much positive feedback about the Year 8 camps; Cape Conran is such a beautiful part of East Gippsland and it is nice to know that so many of our students had the opportunity to appreciate its natural beauty and value during the Year 8 Conservation program over the last two weeks.
Swimming Sports requirements
All students are required to attend on Monday 18 February and will be expected to support the House Swimming Sports which commence at 11.15 at the Sale pool. The House Spirit Shield relies on every member of the House being in attendance, as this is one of the criteria in the calculation for this important and valued shield; the cheering and support from non-competitors and swimmers throughout the day is also important. The weather will be a little cooler on Monday and students must wear suitable Sports gear, including tracksuit pants and jackets, as the wind across Lake Guthridge will be a little chilly. The SRC will again conduct a BBQ and students should bring money to support this fundraising effort; they can, of course, bring their own lunch if they wish.
Congratulations to Darcy Wade (Year 12) who has just won the Australian National Modern Pentathlon Junior Title. Competing at the National event held in Melbourne, Darcy won the event with high scores in all disciplines. In his first competition for 2018, and his first since having surgery in November, he posted a near perfect score for the riding phase on a pool horse. In the fencing phase, he posted 23 victories and only seven defeats; he also swam, ran and shot well to post high scores to claim the title. Darcy had just returned from a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport held in January and has been selected on the Australian team for the World Youth Modern Pentathlon Championships to be held in Portugal in April. He also graduated from the Game Changers Australia Elite Sports Leadership program. Darcy is an accomplished athlete who continues to work with great focus at his sports. We congratulate him on his outstanding results and accomplishments.