22 October, 2021


Learning outside your comfort zone!

One of the most valuable ‘learning lessons’ is to learn to go further than you first thought possible, emotionally, academically and/or physically.  This week I recall many highlights in this domain, as our Middle School students embrace opportunities to learn outside their comfort zones!

Year 6 Education Outdoors at Narawantapu National Park

Raft building, Trangia cooking, extensive bushwalks and surviving with sand in sleeping bags, resilient attitudes and outstanding teamwork. These are just some of the highlights of our Year 6 Education Outdoors this week. During the program, students in teams, built large rafts to complete a bay crossing.  To do this, several roles were required, the pace-setter, the navigator, the motivators, the captain and the crew members. Being a team member of a raft crew was a great highlight and an insight to the personal characteristics of our young Middle School students.  The challenges of fatiguing arms, strong gusty winds and strong tide currents, all provided a recipe for learning outside comfort zones!  This is how learning attributes are formed, tested and recalled later in life!  Congratulations to the Year 6 team on a wonderful week of learning.

Year 8 Peer Leaders – leading Junior School Athletes

A wonderful moment earlier this week, was from the Year 8 Peer Leaders supporting our younger athletes at the Junior School House Athletics Carnival.  The cross campus connection is so important as our community learns from each other!

Be Year 6

What an atmosphere in the Middle School, with our ‘Be Year 6’ days being a huge success for transition and connection ahead of 2022!  Investigations into the daily learning life at the Penquite Campus, meeting Middle School House Heads, enjoying specialist lessons including Science and Health and Physical Education sessions were highlights of the program.  2022 sure does promise to be a very exciting time in the Middle School!!

Ben Green 
Head of Middle School

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