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Senior School News - Week 6, Term 1 2019

By mandy eggins

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This week has been a little quieter in the Senior School as our newest members, Year 9 have been on their first Senior School camp at Tahlee. So why do we take our students away from learning in their classrooms?

As time spent with technology increases we are losing our connection to the natural environment. It is important for young people to disconnect from their devices and immerse themselves in nature, that is why we have developed an outdoor education program which confirms the St Philip's approach to whole life education.

In Year 9, our traditional school camp combines with an outdoor education program, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, which offer students unique learning opportunities in distinctive and challenging landscapes. By going on the Year 9 camp students have completed part of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award which then allows them to further progress. They get a taste of the ‘Duke of Ed’ experience.

The Duke of Edinburgh program gives students the chance to try new things, improve on what they are already doing and take them out of their comfort zones. Some universities even award extra ATAR points when students qualify for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's award. Noah Davis our 2018 Vice Captain believes his experience completing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award not only shaped his character but helped him to achieve his ADFA scholarship. It’s not too late to sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh's award. Find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh's Award -

The Year 9 camp has also provided students with an excellent opportunity to mix with students in their year, to build deeper relationships and build a strong year identity.

Many thanks to Mr McKinnon, Mr Darby, Ms Johnston & Mrs Hall for all their hard work in organising such a successful camp & to the Year 9 form teachers who joined in the fun.

Check out our Year 9 Camp Video for some more fun moments!

Tiina Hufton
Head of Senior School

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