On Wednesday this week, our Year 8 classes returned from their camp at Hindmarsh Island. Yesterday, our Year 9 and 10 classes arrived home from the Grampians and Lower Glenelg National Park. The Year 11 students have been taking part in work experience and the Year 12 classes have been participating in study skills and team building this past week.
Some may question the value of these activities and their place in the school curriculum. It has been my experience that these types of activities are vital if students are to receive a complete education. Furthermore, they perfectly complement our Prescott Learning Dispositions. (Found on page 7 of your child’s school diary). The Learning Dispositions are indicators of what successful students do in order to achieve their goals.
Having just returned from the Year 10 Camp, I personally observed several examples of students growing in character and skills.
The rain began Tuesday night (no, students don’t grow if you water them), and continued to fall until 10pm the following day. A common belief in our culture is that if you get wet, you will get sick, however, this is not necessarily true. Our students learnt new camping skills and continued to participate in activities, despite getting wet. These kind of life events challenge them to look at things in new ways, to develop skills in Preparation, Risk-Taking, (in the positive sense), Open Mindedness and Tenacity, all of which are found in our Prescott Learning Dispositions. These skills, while learnt outside of the classroom, are readily transferable back into a student’s academic life. They contribute strongly to positive goal setting, as well as the desire and will to pursue these goals.
As the year progresses, you will see there are still many more opportunities planned to enable students to develop these skills, including Storm Co trips (service learning), sports carnivals, and other extra curricular events. We thank you for recognising the value in these events and encouraging your child to be involved as much as possible.
Prescott College grows students to achieve their best and our excellent academic results reflect this goal. The educational experiences we offer are well-planned and are part of a whole package designed to build character, resilience and excellence in every aspect of our students’ lives.
Mr Peter Charleson (Principal and Science Teacher)
26 February, 2016