The Mazzarello Campus vision is to support students in their transition from childhood to adulthood through authentic, real-world learning experiences, founded on healthy and resilient relationships with their peers, their teachers and their families.
As the campus enters its seventh year, this vision has been renewed with some significant changes for 2020. There is a buzz of excitement in the air with our 2020 students starting Step Up this week and getting a taste of what the year ahead holds for them.
We continue to build our focus on authentic, deeper learning through the use of project-based learning across the curriculum. Elective offerings have been expanded and redesigned using project-based learning for the first time. Many projects for core classes have been redesigned with the help of student input from student-led critique panels. Using student voice to drive curriculum development will continue to be a major focus throughout 2020.
A big change is the introduction of our Retreat program. Through an immersive experience, students will be provided with time to reflect deeply on their hopes and aspirations, their relationships, and their place within the world.
This will be done through a sustained focus on personal development and social awareness. They will learn how to tend to their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
They will see that their development into adulthood, and the greater autonomy that this brings, also requires a strong moral commitment to the wellbeing of others and to stewardship of the environment we all share.
They will be challenged to put this commitment into action through challenging tasks that may at times seem insurmountable, but with the support of teachers and peers they will have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.
Some key elements of the Retreat program include:
Year 9 students will experience an alternative timetable for Step Up. They have received an individualised timetable with opportunities to cycle through a Retreat orientation over several days. On days where students are working at the Retreat centre or have a scheduled PE class, they should wear their PE uniform to school. Major projects in the core classes (English, Maths, Science, Humanities) will begin at the start of next year while elective subjects will be beginning their major projects in Step Up.
More information about the Retreat program will be published in the next newsletter and families will receive a detailed letter outlining key dates and events before the return to school in 2020. As always, we are available to address any questions you may have at any time.
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