News from the Field Studies Centre

Term 2 has started well at the Field Studies Centre. The Residential Three cohort of students have embarked on a journey that will challenge and extend them and provide opportunities for reflection and growth. The students take so much away from their time engaging in the Field Studies Programme, and they also have the opportunity to serve and contribute throughout their time here. How can I serve? How can I make a difference? Two short, outward-focussed questions that have a great deal of relevance for us all. Developing a heart for service and combining this with a desire to lead others is a worthy aim. Each student is encouraged to lead and serve the small community that is formed as each intake arrives and takes up residence at Woollamia. The Field Studies staff are on hand to provide the supports and encouragement that help each student thrive during their time here.

On Thursday the Huskisson Primary School Cross Country was run on the Woollamia campus for the first time. The day was planned and framed as a community service activity and our boys did the School proud as they helped out on check points, assisted with set up and pack down, and ran the course to guide the younger students through their races. Each boy had the opportunity to serve in one way or another and their efforts were greatly appreciated by the local primary school students. Overall, the day proved to be a great chance to build relationships and interact with the local community. I would like to thank Mr Lang, Ms Olive and Mr Lloyd for all of their work organising this event and contributing to its success.

The Learn to Surf day is a highlight for many of the boys and provides an opportunity for each student to experience success. Prior to the day, many of our students have not felt the exhilaration of standing on a surfboard and being propelled toward the shore by the power of a wave. The instructors have a well-refined system that sees the students quickly mastering the basics and emerging from the experience with a huge smile on their faces.

Welcome to Country was again facilitated by local Aboriginal Elder, Theresa Ardler, on the first evening of the programme. The students were treated to clear skies and a beautifully still night as they stepped out on to the lawn in front of the main building and tuned their senses into their surroundings. Students are also presented with their journals on the first night and are encouraged to reflect on and record their unique journey and experiences over the four weeks.

The coming weeks will see each student navigate a range of carefully sequenced experiences that help them uncover their strengths, learn about their weaknesses, and discover more about their peers and the value of interdependence. The boys will make many fond memories as they explore the unique environment of the Woollamia Campus and the surrounding Shoalhaven Region. 

Tim Knowles | Head of Field Studies Centre (FSC)

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