From the Field Studies Centre

What a difference a few days can make. After a beautiful two weeks of weather on the South Coast and a gorgeous day for the parent visit, the heavens opened, and rain poured from the sky. Managing risk and ensuring student safety are paramount for the Outdoor Education team at the Field Studies Centre. As weather conditions deteriorated overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, the outdoor team put in place a series of logistical changes to bring the students safely back to campus. From there the boys diligently sorted gear, hung out their tents and other wet items to dry and settled themselves back into their comfortable dorms. The boys often comment that returning to the campus after an expedition is like “coming home”. The sense of community that is established by each cohort of students at the Field Studies Centre is a pleasure to witness.

The boys have demonstrated resilience and adaptability throughout the week. Things don’t always go to plan and tough weather conditions are an example of a challenge that draws upon our reserves of grit and determination to pull though. The groups worked together and supported one another admirably as they tackled the challenges presented to them. Highlights reported by the boys included the beach hike to Currarong, negotiating Gosang’s Tunnel on the Abraham’s Bosom hike and the canoe leg of the expedition. The photos included in this report are a selection taken by boys from each of the three activity groups over the last week.

On Thursday evening the students had the opportunity to visit the Husky Pictures and watch a movie on the big screen. The building that houses the theatre was constructed in 1913 as community hall and movies have been screened there since the early 50’s. Although not quite as elaborate as some of the cinemas that can be found in the city, it has a tonne of character. The kiosk was popular with the boys and from all reports they enjoyed the opportunity to do something different and spend a couple of hours offsite in the community. The boys are continuing to work on their Science investigation reports and Mr Pay has been providing some excellent videos to support the boys with their learning in Mathematics. The students will use the School managed devices to complete their NAPLAN Writing Test on Thursday next week, following the final expeditions which run from Monday to Wednesday. It is hard to believe that the boys of residential 3 will be heading back to Sydney this time next week. They each achieve a great deal during in their time here and I look forward to hearing stories of the adventures that occur during the final week of the experience.

Tim Knowles | Head of Field Studies Centre (FSC)

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