To address the recommendations in the review of the Year 9 program at the end of 2018 as well as increasing enrolments the structure of the Program for 2020 and beyond will change. We are excited by the possibilities this will bring whilst maintaining core values and practices that currently exist.
The most obvious difference will be that the students will now be spread across 2 different buildings. All students will spend one 9 week (1 term) block in the new building being part of the Retreat program. The other 3 terms they will be back in the current building. One quarter of the students will be in the Retreat program at any one time which means they could be in the Retreat program in either term 1, 2, 3 or 4.
This will be a 9 week intensive program where students are not involved in their tradition core curriculum and will take all the best parts of the current Challenge program and add mental health and resilience exploration as well as a chance to excel in an area of passion. Camp will be part of this program which means students will also be involved in adventure activities. This program will have its own dedicated specialist staff to help support the students.
Students will complete their core subjects and electives in this part of the program. As Challenge and Agriculture have been moved into the Retreat program students will actually spend the same amount of time studying their cores as they currently do it will just be condensed into 3 terms. All subjects will run as 9 week projects which will allow for students to come and go into the Retreat program across the year without missing anything in terms of curriculum. We are also offering new electives options in order to give students more choice as well as spend more time in subjects they are passionate about.
All of this will be discussed in more detail at the upcoming parent information night on Tuesday 30 July.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast