Year 10 City Experience
Year 10 students participated in a successful City Experience from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 February. The venue for this camp at CYC City in Collins Street provided a high standard of accommodation and easy access to the CBD region. The camp incorporated a wide range of activities that aimed to develop personal skills and complement the school’s academic program while enjoying the experience of being in the city. Students participated in a tour of the Watch House at the Old Melbourne Gaol and also an indigenous tour at the Royal Botanic Gardens. They also visited Parliament House and the staff from Urban Seed challenged stereotypes about homelessness in the inner city of Melbourne. Students were also able to select from a range of electives including tours of the MCG, the Melbourne Aquarium, Laser Tag and Bowling, the Hardrock Climbing Centre and the City Baths. Another highlight included the stage musical, ‘Kinky Boots’, at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
During this week, Rachelle Jones a Youth Worker from the Maroondah City Council addressed the Year 10 students about a new initiative that has replaced the longstanding Young Leaders’ Program. The Maroondah Council has demonstrated a commitment to raising the wellbeing of young people and empowering young people to create positive change in their communities. Our students may self nominate to become part of SWAT (Student Wellbeing Action Teams) and show an interest in leadership plus an ability to commit to tasks rather than necessarily possessing an existing leadership role. I do encourage families to discuss the program at home as students are required to send me an email briefly outlining their reasons for representing Tintern Grammar in this program by Monday 6 March.
In 2017, the SWAT project will have 3 compulsory components and one optional component:
- The SWAT Summit (Tuesday 28 March) This is a 1 day workshop for 25 students from across Maroondah held at Aquinas College, providing an introduction to leadership, wellbeing and the idea of becoming ‘champions’ of change. A staff member from Tintern will attend this event.
- The SWAT Retreat (Monday 8 May to Wednesday 10 May) This is a 2 night and 3 day camp staffed by 4 Maroondah City Council Youth Workers with the aim to provide an intensive skill/personal development opportunity for students.
- The SWAT Teams (Term 3 and 4) To ensure that the students’ newly acquired leadership and wellbeing knowledge are transferred into positive outcomes, a Youth Worker from Maroondah Youth Services will be allocated to each school to support the SWAT teams to increase wellbeing in their schools.
- SWAT Representatives (Optional) There will also be limited opportunities available for students to become involved in the SWAT program in conjunction with the Maroondah City Council to engage with the broader Maroondah community.
by Mrs Heather Ruckert, Year 10 Co-ordinator