News from the Field Studies Centre

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1:7

The final week of Residential 2 demanded a resilient approach from both the students and staff at the Field Studies Centre. As rain poured from the sky and weather warnings were issued, a range of programme adjustments were put into place to ensure the safety of the boys engaging in outdoor activities. In the end, we were very fortunate not to have experienced conditions as severe as those that impacted Sydney and areas further north. Although the students were not able to engage in all of the planned activities, the boys had the opportunity to participate in a number of alternate sessions which proved to be very enjoyable.

The final cross country run and Woollamia Olympics is a feature of the final days and provides an opportunity for both individual and collaborative efforts to shine through. The students pushed themselves along the modified running course on Thursday morning, successfully avoiding the mud patches, with many of them showing significant improvements in their times and fitness over the month. The Woollamia Olympics combines a range of outside the box activities that students engage in to earn points for their respective team. The three camp groups each split in half to compete against each other, before coming back together in the final event to collect additional points and determine the overall victor.

The values journey activity closes out the final afternoon for each boy, giving them a chance to reflect on their experiences during the Field Studies Programme, and consider the goals that they would like to set for themselves as they return home. The final evening wrapped up with each of the groups debriefing their experience around the campfire after sharing an evening meal that was expertly prepared by the boys on the camp ovens. Greater self-awareness and self-confidence, a willingness to stretch one’s comfort zone, and demonstrating respect for peers are several personal growth outcomes that are an integral part of the Field Studies Programme. Our hope is that the young men will be open to finding ways of incorporating their learnings into their daily lives, as they return to more familiar surroundings this afternoon.

Tim Knowles | Head of Field Studies Centre (FSC)

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