During the recent term break Mrs Allchin and I had the opportunity and pleasure to take six Year 11 students cycling The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail in Victoria. It was a scenic bike ride of 150km over 3 days. These students were completing their practice exploration journey which is a part of their gold Duke of Edinburgh award.
Let me explain briefly what the Duke of Edinburgh award is. The award is a flexible, interesting and fun-packed program for young people from Year 9 students and above. There are three levels to The Duke of Ed Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. It is entirely voluntary and is structured so the participants can design their own unique program centred around their interests and passions. The award involves four areas:
Through these activities students learn important lifelong skills such as team work, determination, perseverance, problem solving and cooperation.
The group is looking forward to travel to the South Island of New Zealand in December to complete the Otago Rail Trail.
In other news, our Year 12 students have begun their formal HSC examinations this week. This can be a very stressful time for the whole family. Years 7 and 10 start their formal exams in Week 2 and the Years 8 and 9 start their examinations in Week 3. Please pray for all students during the next few weeks whilst they are studying and sitting their examinations.
Some other important events for Term 4 can be found on the WCCS Edumate calendar.
Week 2 – Maximising Opportunities Night (Year 11)
Week 3 – Advanced Learning Information Evening
Week 5 – CAPA Open Night
Week 6 – Year 6 to 7 Transition Day and Orientation Evening, Year 10 Dinner Dance, Carey Christmas Fair
In His service,
(On behalf of the High School Deputies)