Mazzarello Campus

Year 9 Challenge Adventure Camp

May 16 – 20 saw the Year 9 students participate in the Challenge Adventure Camp. This year students were able to access activities in which many of them would not have had the opportunity before. The students spent five days in the environs around Lake Eildon, approximately 2.5 hours’ drive North East of Melbourne.

The camp program supported and reinforced the Challenge curriculum of the Year 9 program, in the most practical of settings. Students worked together in small, professionally facilitated groups. They dealt directly with concepts such as leadership, followership, inclusiveness, understanding the value of working towards a common goal and the recognition of the unique attributes each individual could bring to their team. Each student had the opportunity to learn about their own strengths and weaknesses and how persistence in extending one’s often self-imposed limitations can bring success – be they physical, emotional or social.

“You make so many friends and try so many new things and activities. You really step outside of your comfort zone and you do different things you wouldn’t normally do.”

“Camp was an unforgettable, rewarding, experience that gave me opportunities to challenge myself, strengthen my bond with friends and make memories I will cherish forever. Although camp pushed me to my physical and mental limits I was able to enjoy myself and a fabulous time. Admittedly I was nervous and unsure of whether I should attend, but now I would do it again in a heartbeat. All those who didn’t go have no idea what they missed out on.”

“Camp was a very rewarding experience, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Pulling myself away from my family and the luxuries I had taken for granted was terrifying. Sitting around camp fires, meeting new people, climbing mountains and taking in amazing sights were highlights of this camp.”

We hope that these experiences were shared by all participants and that every student was able to come home with a more determined attitude towards accepting and taking on new challenges. Many thanks to all staff who attended the camp, experiencing the same challenges alongside the students.

 

Salesian College Stud Cattle Scholarship
It has been a very busy time in Discovery Agriculture this term. After a lengthy and very impressive selection process, with the quality of all applicants set at a very high standard, we are pleased to announce that Olivia Jury, Cooper Collins, Casey Ryan and Shannon Horton are the recipients of the Salesian College Stud Cattle Scholarship. Each of the these students are to be trained in showing stud cattle, grooming cattle, handling them and learning about top stud cattle genetics. The scholarship will involve the students attending the Stud Beef Victoria Handlers Camp in the upcoming July Holidays. A further three students, Kate Mcintosh, Jackson Nolan and Kiara Shapcott-Jones have been invited to join the four scholarship recipients to make up the stud cattle team.

 

Brendon Fogarty
Mazzarello Campus Director