This week Year 10 and 11 students have enjoyed their Retreat days this week, a chance to step aside from the rigours of the usual school day to take time to reflect on their own lives, to learn and understand more about life topics that perhaps don’t get the attention in the classroom and to connect with each other.
Year 11 students were absorbed in the Life Coaching course with a myriad of practical and interactive activities. Topics explored were emotional intelligence, goal setting, communication and active listening. The GROWTH coaching model was then put in practice in preparation for their mentoring and caring role with Year 6s later in the semester. The MFS also presented their confronting Road Awareness Program and guest presenters Chaz and Eli were able to ram home the message of responsibility when using the road.
Year 10 students were privileged to have Life Matters present on Body Image and psychologist Rebecca Dettman who ran a sexual-emotional health workshop. Other presenters included Andrew Bizczak (Million Dollar Run), Stewart Bogle (Concilia) and Chaplain Paula who talked about the importance of serving and volunteering. The Corporate Games at gums run by Luke Duncan was a hit and the walk to the Mt Lofty Summit for the service was hard work but rewarding. Lesley Fitzgerald (RAA) presented on how to get your licence and the responsibilities involved as a Learner on our roads.
So many activities involved students working collaboratively, deliberately structured so that they did this with people they don’t know as well. The Retreats worked well because our students embraced the sessions with great spirit and endeavour.
Head of Senior School and Deputy Principal