As Spring fast approaches Class 6 have been busy. This term we had a magnificent ten day camp to Canberra and Mt Selwyn. Camps at Chrysalis offer the opportunity for the children make great leaps forward in relationships, personal strength and maturity. The camp offers support to the curriculum, and a meeting of the developmental stage of the child in such a way that each individual and the group as a whole, are strengthened.
In Canberra, we visited many places of historical and current significance from the War Memorial to the Museum of Australian Democracy and Parliament House. The students participated in role playing to better understand how parliament works. They heard about significant changes in historical thinking with the election of Edith Cowan (first female) into parliament in 1921 and Neville Bonner (first Indigenous Australian) in 1971. We also visited the Aboriginal Embassy where the children heard about the desire of Aboriginal Australians to achieve sovereignty.
Later in the week the class participated in an awesome high ropes course. I was impressed with the team work, strength and courage of the students. We had fun riding around part of Lake Burley Griffin and exploring scientific thinking at Questacon. Every day was a delight with this robust group of young people.
Our time at Mt Selwyn was an absolute highlight for everyone. Each child experienced success on the slopes and loved every minute of the skiing experience. We could not have had better conditions … gentle snow falling on the first day and then gorgeous sunshine with plenty of snow on the following days. Watching the kids fly down those slopes was a joy – they are a confident and daring group!
I look forward to seeing this group of young people continue to grow in strength, confidence and self-awareness.