News From the Field Studies CentreLucas Thurston
This term on the Field Studies Programme we have implemented several new indigenous cultural activities. The rite of passage that the boys are engaging with on the FSP has many distinctive elements, one of which is developing an insight into the lived experiences and culture of the local indigenous people. Spending Time on Country is one of these new initiatives that sees the boys learning more about the place and country from which their pastoral group draws their name. We are working with the respected local indigenous leaders who are keen to share their insights and knowledge with our boys. When we Acknowledge Country, we recognise that learning has been taking place on the lands that our programme operates on for millennia. In many ways we are continuing to honour these “learning places” as our boys engage in different elements of the FSP.
The Coolendel hike and 24-hour solo are two key activities which are part of the current outdoor education programme cycle. Each activity presents a different challenge for the boys. The Coolendel hike provides an opportunity to practice and refine off-track navigation and expedition skills in more challenging terrain. This hike will help to prepare the boys for the final 6-day expedition that occurs near the end of term. The 24-hour solo is an experience where the boys operate independently and are required to manage their time effectively as they complete a range of practical and reflective tasks.
Each young man identifies their Character Strengths during the FSP and works towards further developing them during their time here. Two of the character strengths that will be a focus for all the boys in the coming weeks and link closely to their FSP Engagement Scores are:
- Persistence: Working hard and sticking with something valuable that you have started
- Teamwork: Working well and contributing in a positive way as a member of a group
These strengths feature in the Top 24 strengths for most of the boys in their VIA Character Strengths Profile and are areas that our programme aims to further develop in each young man.
The Family Visiting Day last Sunday provided an opportunity for the parents and other family members to see just how much the boys had grown over the first five weeks. We look forward to seeing this growth continue over the remaining weeks of the residential experience, as the boys embark on a range of new adventures.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Tim Knowles | Head of the Field Studies Centre (FSC)
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