Education Outdoors

Over these last two weeks Year 5 and Year 4 students have been on Education Outdoors programs at the Valley Campus.

As well as being a very exciting experience these programs prioritise personal development learning, collaborative skill development and learning about the environment. A Valley Campus experience introduces in a concentrated 2 or 3 or 4-day program all of the Learner Attributes which are foundation stones for student learning and wellbeing in every aspect of their school lives. Agility, collaboration, compassion, courage, curiosity, effective communication, ethical behaviour, inclusion, innovation and self-regulation are all in the spotlight as staff and students live and work together through their time at the Valley Campus. The College’s specialist Education Outdoors teachers lead the programs and class teachers and other support staff participate and support the students during their Valley Campus time. Over the course of the year, every year level has some time with the Education Outdoors team, beginning with one-day programs at and near the Elphin Campus for Early Primary years, then to one-night overnight experiences by Year 2 and on to 3-night programs by Year 5. Once in Middle and then Senior Schools the adventures stretch out further in both time and degree of challenge.

A significant body of research confirms that students of all ages who spend significant time learning in natural environments, compared to learning indoors or in constructed, unnatural environments,  have better outcomes with respect to their health and wellbeing, academic learning, social and emotional skills and environmental awareness.

Throughout the Junior School years at Scotch Oakburn students spend significant periods of time learning in natural environments. For Junior School students these include Claremont Garden and Claremont Park on the Elphin Campus, the Wetlands at Scotch Oakburn Park and the Valley Campus, along with other local areas such as the Cataract Gorge and Trevallyn Reserve.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


 

Current Illnesses

Thank you to all families who are so supportive of the need for students who are unwell to stay at home during this time of COVID linked protocols. This last week has seen a significant number of absentees with coughs, runny noses and in some cases gastric upsets, diarrhoea or vomiting, particularly in Early Learning, Prep and Year 1 age groups. While not linked to COVID-19 (although in many cases leading to tests to confirm this), from a school perspective where students spend considerable time together in learning spaces, these ailments all highlight the importance of staying home if unwell, and of hand hygiene, appropriate coughing and sneezing etiquette and social distancing where possible.

If in doubt when children are unwell, especially with gastric upsets, they should not return to school until they have fully recovered. A family GP should be consulted where necessary.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


 

Swimming Carnival

All Years 3-5 students will be representing their House in the Junior School Swimming Carnival at the Elphin Campus on Wednesday 24 February. Year 2 students will also be swimming in the program around lunchtime.  Students will bring home details of their own events and times for these prior to the day.

Spectators are most welcome at the carnival during the day. Sign-in on arrival via the main Elphin road entry gate only, will be required and the importance of social distancing during the day remains as always.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School