In its extension to Years 11 and 12, Kingston High School (KHS) is focusing on the specialised fields of Health and Physical Education.
Local Year 11 and 12 students can participate in split enrolments with any of the six Hartz Collective schools: Hobart College, Kingston High, Taroona High, Woodbridge High, Dover High and Huonville High.
College students enrolled at Kingston High can focus on Outdoor Education and Athletic Development courses.
Enrolments in the highly regarded Outdoor Education courses are growing steadily.
A high number of Grade 10 KHS graduates are returning to continue their outdoor education in Grade 11.
Finlay Grant has found, “This course teaches students how to be a leader not just in the outdoors, but also in any context… this course teaches us how to mitigate problems and manage them if they do happen.”
Elie Raymond says, “Outdoor Ed has helped me gain a lot of confidence in outdoor situations and has been really enjoyable along the way”.
Eva Sabapathy also enjoys her split enrolment with Hobart College, “Having two campuses means we essentially get the best of both worlds!”
Outdoor Ed teacher Simon McKenzie explains the unique opportunities and benefits the courses provide.
“The students get to do things out of their comfort zone in a safe environment that they might not otherwise get to do,” note’s Mr McKenzie.
“The group bonds.
“They get a great understanding of looking after themselves and each other.
“I love to see the growth in the students.”
Grade 11 student Rosie Spurr explains some highlights of the year so far.
“I would have to say rock climbing up the organ pipes has been the best highlight so far this year,” said Rosie.
“It was a big day of fun with lots of team spirit, and we learnt some great leadership skills.”
Year 10 student Jack Connell said the most important and applicable skills they have learned so far in Outdoor Ed were “working together and helping each other out”.
Rachel Barret likes developing her independence, leadership skills and athleticism.
There is no denying that in Outdoor Ed, students form special bonds with their peers and teachers, and learn invaluable lessons that can be applied to any and every situation.
Article supplied by Kingston High School student, Ruby Eddleston.