On Monday and Tuesday in Week 5 the Year 11 non-PDHPE students participated in a Special Pastoral Program. The aim of the two day program was to not only provide a rich pastoral experience outside the classroom but to promote cohort bonding, positive relationships and team work. On the Monday students attended the RYDA Road Safety Education program at St Ives. In their respective House groups students were challenged to change the way they think about road safety; participated in a stopping distance demonstration, devised personalised strategies, gained an understanding of their individual risk profile and received tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family. These practical workshops were certainly well received by Year 11 and many students positively commented on the variety of the different sessions.
On the next day (Tuesday) Year 11 were responsible for their own travel to Bradfield Park (Milsons Point) before commencing the Urban Challenge program. There was both a sense of excitement and anticipation in the morning air as the various teams were strategically briefed about the day’s challenges. Overall it was an exciting, fun adventure as the teams navigated around the various sites of Sydney including Darling Harbour, The Rocks and Manly before finishing with a celebratory team dinner at Chinatown. The Urban Challenge was a wonderful success as the program provided all students a unique opportunity to build group team work skills as well as deciding upon and implementing team decisions. Special congratulations should be extended to Group 14 and Ms Stella Papavasiliou (Oakhill Staff). Group 14 accrued the most points at the end of the challenge and were announced as the Champion Team. A special presentation will be held at the College before the end of term to acknowledge their winning efforts; however, all students and staff should be congratulated for their participation.
Year 11 and supervising staff on both days of the Special Pastoral Program should be congratulated. Student behaviour was exemplary and their participation was outstanding. The students of Year 11 were indeed a credit to themselves and the College. A wonderful team effort from all involved – well done!