Monday 27 February saw the newest members of the College community head off on their orientation camp to Camp Marysville with four of their teachers.
With excitement and anticipation, we loaded the bus and headed off on the journey to our camp site for the next two nights. Upon arriving, students were briefed on the expectations at the camp and how the program would run over the next few days.
Over the course of the camp, students participated in eight activities including:
- Canoeing, with an ‘accidental fall in’
- Rock Climbing
- ‘Grow it cook it’- A program which allowed students to select ingredients from the camp’s kitchen garden and incorporate them into their cooking
- Mountain bike riding around the pump tract and a ride into the bush
- Bush shelter building which tested the student’s lateral thinking, logic and team work
- Low ropes
As the sun set, students enjoyed a movie night with the inspiring true story of ‘Cool Runnings’. This film depicted the story of four Jamaican bobsledders and their quest towards competing in the Winter Olympics. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and students gained an insight into many motivational messages including: “Don’t let others tell you that you can’t achieve your dream” and to “never give up”.
The second evening provided students with the opportunity to hear the story of an Australian Bobsleigh athlete and the subsequent trials and tribulations that they have experienced in their journey. Following this, Year 7 students developed a year level chant and participated in a team game of mixed golf and cricket. These activities took place around the camp site and tested the student’s ability to achieve a common goal despite running in different directions in the beginning.
It has been encouraging to hear that all students enjoyed their time on camp and as a group we have made leaps and bounds towards our goals of being a supportive group as a whole, working on building resilience and relationships among students and between students and teachers.
I am delighted to have received many compliments over the three days regarding the level of engagement and support that our students displayed and overall how polite and well-mannered they are.
I would like to thank the staff who attended the camp which included, Mr Andy Phillips, Mr Ben Phillips, Ms Fiona Matthews and Mr Michael Alexis.
Finally, a big thank you to our Year 7 students who were extremely respectful and represented our college with pride.
Year 7 Coordinator.
“Feel the rhythm, feel the ride, get on up, its bobsled time, Scoresby 7’s”
Going on Year 7 Camp was probably the best camp that I’ve been on. My friendships got stronger and I got to try new things like canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering. The funniest part about Camp was when the group I was in were canoeing and two girls Lucinda and Paige tipped over our group leader Mr. T’s canoe. It was hilarious!
The thing that I got out of the camp was to always try your best and help others. On the last day my group did rock climbing and I was terrified because I hate heights but when it was my turn I didn't want to come down, I kept giving it a go and it turns out it was really fun.
On the first night we watched a movie called ‘Cool Runnings’. In the movie they had a saying, “Feel the rhythm feel the heat come on down its bobsled” time and we changed the last bit to Scoresby 7’s.
I would definitely recommend this Camp to anyone looking for an adventure, to try new things and to have fun.
On Friday 17 March, Year 8 students went to KIOSC for our Humanities class. When we arrived we put our bags down and met a KIOSC leader who outlined what we would be doing for the day.
Our first activity included learning how to survive an earthquake. After that, we were put into groups of 4-5 people and were given a different set of clues. Each group then had to use those clues to locate where in the world we were.
After lunch, we went into the last lesson of the day where we were put into groups of 4 and each given a role. For example; environmental, government, natives. Once each group were given a role we had to get the other groups to agree to our terms. I was part of the environmental group and we wanted no one to hurt the plants and animals of the land.
Our final activity was where we saw this robot called Ada which KIOSC had bought for thousands of dollars. It was really cool. Then we packed up and went back to school. This was a great experience that we all enjoyed.
Robert Newton Incursion
Throughout Term 1, Year 8 students have been reading and analysing the novel ‘Runner’ in English. Although largely fictional, ‘Runner’ which is set in Melbourne 1919 tells the story of a young boy who becomes a messenger for underworld figure Squizzy Taylor. After losing his father to the Spanish flu, Charlie Feehan is faced with the prospect of looking after his family and ultimately surviving the slums. The novel is written by Robert Newton, a Melbourne-based author who is also a volunteer firefighter.
On Wednesday 22 March, all Year 8 students had the opportunity to meet Robert and learn about his journey as a writer. It was discovered that as a child Robert wasn’t an avid reader and he never had aspirations to become a writer. However, his love for writing developed through writing postcards to his younger brother where he began to create short stories to make his life seem more interesting.
During the session, students were also invited to ask Robert questions regarding the novel and his reasons behind key decisions. Some of the questions included;
Why was the protagonist called Charlie Feehan?
Would you write a sequel?
What do you do when you have ‘writer’s block’?
This experience was a highlight for everyone involved and it was pleasing to see all of our students modelling exceptional behaviour.
A big thank you to Mrs Linda Duncan who organised this amazing opportunity for our students at Scoresby Secondary College.
Year 8 Coordinator
Consentino - Grand Illusionist
On Thursday 16 March, Years 7- 10 students had the opportunity to experience the visit of Cosentino. He is an Australian illusionist and escapologist, who started small but explained to us that “anything is possible”.
As a young shy and introverted boy with learning difficulties, he struggled in school. However after stumbling across a magic book, everything changed for him and led him to where he is today.
We heard about his journey and learnt not to give up even if others tell us that something may not be possible, it can be if we make it happen.
Speaking on behalf of all Year 7-10 students I can say that Cosentino was an inspiration to all of us in one way or another, and it was an amazing experience.