It is with pleasure that I welcome all students and families to 2019. I trust that the summer break has been restful and a rich time spent with family and friends.
You will be aware of some significant changes the College has recently announced that will ensure the College continues to be the first choice of families for quality education on the South Coast.
The outstanding achievements of our 2018 Year 12 cohort was celebrated at our Commencement Service on Friday 1 February. Earlier that week, our Year 12 students for 2019 spent three days at a Study Camp in Adelaide, ensuring a great start to their academic year.
The College Board held its annual retreat recently. One of the key focuses was the emerging importance and significance of the programs being offered at our Eco Sustainability Trade Skills Centre at Currency Creek.
Building on the exploratory programs developed specifically for our Reception to Year 6 students, 2019 will see a significant development of the College’s commitment to educating our students about the environment, our impact upon it and our responsibility to protect and sustain the earth for subsequent generations.
In 2019, students from Reception to Year 6 will spend a day per week at the Currency Creek site, enhancing the learning that normally takes place within a more traditional classroom. Activities include species identification, water sampling and problem solving.
The Reception-6 program will follow the following themes:
- Reception – Living things have basic needs
- Year 1 – Living things have a variety of external features and they live in different places where their needs are met
- Year 2 – Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
- Year 3 – Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things
- Year 4 – Living things have lifecycles and they depend on each other and the environment to survive
- Year 5 – Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment
- Year 6 – The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment
An important part of the program [and integral to its success] is the involvement of a range of community and not-for-profit organisations. Organisations include the NRM [Natural Resource Management], the Botanic Gardens, GWLAP [the Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association], Aquatic Ecologists, TAFE SA to name a few.
All students will be involved in three visits to the site with organisations such as the NRM offering resources, expert advice and leadership of some sessions.
As the scope and possibilities for the Currency Creek site are explored and expanded, it is hoped that a number of our camping and Outdoor Education programs can be based at the EcoCentre.
Don Grimmett | Principal