News from the Field Studies Centre

News from the Field Studies Centre

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 NIV

At the time of writing, the boys on Field Studies Programme 1 have completed half of the pinnacle six-day expedition that they have been working towards for the last 8 weeks. To undertake a journey of this level, preparations must be made both on a physical, skill and risk management level. The FSP fitness programme has provided an opportunity for the boys to significantly increase their fitness as they undertake activities such as timed cross country running, circuit training, stretching and flexibility training, and Zone 2 aerobic sessions. The final expedition format was altered slightly due to the impact of recent flooding and wild weather and now incorporates a three-day Mountain Biking or Climbing elective, in addition to the planned three-day hike. The final hikes see the boy’s journey through the beautiful Morton National Park and provide them with an opportunity to explore yet another amazing part of the Shoalhaven region.

Week 10 of the FSP will see the boys finish up final three days of their expedition and participate in the final rite of passage experiences. These include writing a letter to their future selves and engaging in the final campfire night and fire side debrief. The students on this first term-long programme have done themselves, their families and the School proud. The determination, tenacity, compassion and camaraderie that has been on display in recent weeks, has been nothing short of impressive. It has been a pleasure for the FSP staff to share this journey with this group of fine young men.

Information relating to the final day of the programme, Friday 08 April 2022 and pick up arrangements will be sent through to parents and guardians early next week. The boys continue to show great resilience and positivity as we lead into the final day of the programme. There has been much growth over the term, and I look forward to seeing each boy step through the final elements of their FSP journey.

Tim Knowles | Head of the Field Studies Centre (FSC)

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