The Year 9 Wellbeing program focuses on Story and Challenge – a teenage program developed to inspire, educate and challenge our youth into a coming of age.
Using boy to man and girl to woman psychology, based around the concept of story and challenge, the course invites students into a modern day coming of age. Based on a distinctly Christian foundation, we transpose our thinking from who am I, to ‘whose am I’, as we unpack adulthood. Physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual elements are a focus as we use both personal, biblical and inspirational stories to grow.
Recently Mr Gavin Plows was appointed to lead the Story and Challenge Program for the Year 9 cohort. Gavin is a valued member of the College who brings to this role a diverse range of skills and passions. Gavin works with the Dean of Year 9 and the wellbeing teachers to grow a dynamic program for the group.
Students have participated in weekly sessions together over the past three terms exploring the theme and will continue this into Term 4. In Week 10 of this term the group will partake in a dining etiquette session to prepare for the annual Sons and Daughters Dinner at Mandoon Estate in Term 4. Each child of Year 9 is encouraged to bring along a guest of choice. The dinner concludes the yearly program. In 2018 the event was well received by both students and guests as we partook in a three course dinner with entertainment from musician Mike Day and guest speakers including the West Coast Eagles Chaplain, Paul Morrison.
Furthermore, preparation for the Story and Challenge camp at Nanga Bushcamp is well and truly underway, with parents recently having received a Consent 2 Go email to approve. The camp is an opportunity for each Year 9 student to be challenged with a variety of activities including an 18km hike, bike riding and a high ropes course located at Trees Adventure. Dwellingup Adventures will be used to help facilitate the programs, whilst Year 9 Mentor Teachers accompany the students. Attached to the camp is the element of story. Students reflect on themselves, as conversations are facilitated across the mornings and evenings.
A thank you must be mentioned to Mr Ian Harris (Dean of Year 9) for the organising and preparing the camp over the past months and to both Mrs Christine Crump and Mrs Leanna Gurney for investing in the female program. I look forward to seeing the growth amongst the group in the lead up to the camp.
Please feel free to contact the College if you would like any further information on the program.
Year 9 Dinner Invitation