Term 1 Year 9 Field Studies Residential
This week, the first Year 9 Field Studies Residential for 2021 commenced at the Woollamia Campus. The staff who are charged with leading each of the three pastoral groups during the four-week programme, travelled to Summer Hill last week to meet with the students. This provided an opportunity to not only ‘break the ice’ but allowed the boys to learn more about what the journey they were about to embark on, would entail. As the students stepped off the bus on Monday they were warmly greeted by familiar faces, making the transition to residential life at the Field Studies Centre that bit easier.
Local Aboriginal elder Theresa Ardler performed a Welcome to Country and facilitated a Land, Fire and Water Ceremony after dinner on day one. This powerful experience was made even more profound as a thunderstorm rolled towards the property, while the boys stood in silence, tuning into the sounds of their new surroundings. Moments after the students returned to the classroom, rain began falling from the sky, thankfully taking the edge off the hot conditions that had built up over the afternoon.
Throughout the first week the boys have been immersed in core skill-building activities including: camping and campcraft, mountain biking, rock climbing and canoeing. The first two nights under canvas provide the boys with an opportunity to get to know one another, develop group norms and agreements, and set goals for the coming weeks. The Woollamia campus has a private frontage adjoining the beautiful Currambene Creek, along which we have established several campsites that the groups take ownership of during their time here. The tidal waterway which meanders its way to the east, eventually joining Jervis Bay at Huskisson, is at the heart of our programme at the FSC. The students paddle its length, learn about the sensitive ecosystems that it supports, and shuttle across the waterway in canoes to either begin or conclude their three-day expedition.
We are most fortunate to have such an enviable location and facility in which to educate our Year 9 boys here at Woollamia. Having been blessed with a wet summer and spring, the campus is looking lush and green and the students are already benefiting from extensive improvements made to the buildings and grounds over the last year. With works underway on the construction of a new classroom block, the ongoing investment that the School is making at the Woollamia Campus will benefit generations of Trinity young men, well into the future.
Tim Knowles | Head of Field Studies Centre
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