Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,
Next week I will be away for most of the week in Queenstown with the senior class on their ski camp.
Our winter camp is always a highlight of the year for our senior school.
The class get to experience adventures that they don’t usually have access to. They also get to test
themselves in challenging and meaningful situations that are very real. L.E.O.T.C/ (Learning Education Outside The Classroom) covers a huge range of topics and activities. Strictly speaking it is every activity that takes place outside a classroom setting. Camp is obviously focused on the more adventurous components of outdoor education but the children do a lot of learning that is less adventurous. One of my favourite activities is the Arrowtown Museum.
Aside from the direct teaching a large amount of non-directed learning takes place; looking after your
possessions, being at the right place at the right time, working together as a group and being prepared to help others.
Camps are a challenge, they require a huge amount of planning, thank you Mrs Baines—money and time but the benefits they feel make the effort worthwhile.
This was supported in our recent health questionnaire where overwhelmingly our parents support the idea of a camp.
Have a great fortnight
—Mike Brosnahan

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