End of week two: news from the FSC

The Year 9 Field Studies Residential is a truly immersive experience. The boys have been on programme now for almost two weeks and are finding their rhythm as they engage in the on-campus days, expeditions, and the camp outs. Each boy is encouraged to take on a range of formal and informal leadership roles during the experience and are reminded that before we can be a good leader of others, we must become a good leader of ourselves.

The students recently participated in a science intensive over two days, facilitated by Mr Nurcombe and Mr Jackson from Summer Hill. This provided students with an understanding of the process involved in conducting a scientific investigation and the skills needed to use a range of different instruments to collect data. Having formed inquiry questions and decided what they want to investigate, the students are now working in small groups to gather data which will feed into the reports that they finalise and submit via Canvas.

Each of the three groups has been on expedition this week, hiking along a number of the gorgeous local beaches, investigating coastal headlands, and exploring the pristine waters of the Crookhaven River in canoes. The routes followed by the students have been selected to provide an appropriate level of challenge, progression and to expose the boys to a range of diverse natural ecosystems. Highlights from the outdoor experiences included seeing dolphins and an echidna, exploring the weathered landscape of the Beecroft Peninsular and navigating with precision through off track terrain in the Currambene State Forest, adjacent to the Woollamia Campus.

This weekend the boys will engage in an academic programme and a range of other campus-based activities including negotiating the recently completed initiatives circuit. This activity will challenge the students to solve a range of practical problems as a team. The virtual parent visiting afternoon is scheduled for Sunday and will provide an opportunity for the boys to connect with their families and share their experiences to date. Each boy will participate in an elective outdoor activity training day next week in preparation for the marine, climbing and mountain biking trips that will occur in the final week of the programme.

Tim Knowles | Head of the Field Studies Centre

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