9 November 2023

‘Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.’ – Helen Keller

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‘Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.’ – Helen Keller
‘Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.’ – Helen Keller
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Embracing the wisdom of Helen Keller's words, our students from Prep, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 participated in a range of holistic camp adventures across the final term of 2023.

At the commencement of Term 4, our Year 6 students and staff embarked on an unforgettable five-day journey to Canberra, immersing themselves in an educational experience focussed on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. Throughout the week, they delved into the inner workings of the political system, exploring landmarks such as Old Parliament House, New Parliament House and the High Court. The importance of the electoral voting system and the impact of individual votes were brought to life. They also gained insights into the impact of war, visiting the Australian War Memorial, where they heard poignant stories of individuals and animals impacted by conflict. Additionally, students visited the National Gallery of Australia, CSIRO, AIS and Questacon.

It's worth noting that the Australian Government recognises the significance of all young Australians visiting the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizens education. To assist families in covering the costs of this interstate experience, the Australian Government contributes $45.00 per student through the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program, which is paid directly to the School upon completion of the educational camp. We extend our gratitude for this generous support and to all the staff who made this interstate experience possible.

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To Toonallook we go! We are delighted to report that, following poor weather conditions, all Year 5 students were able to participate in their first outdoor educational experience at Toona. Whilst for some students the program was condensed, I am pleased to report there have been limited rumblings from students and staff about delaying the opportunity to camp out in a tent until 2024.

Year 4 students, from Donvale and Kew, united on the grounds of Grantville Lodge, where they spent three days and two nights conquering their fears and building upon friendships. They slept away from home, sampled new and unfamiliar foods and faced the heights of the giant swing and flying fox, all while forging new friendships across campuses.

Guided by our exceptional Outdoor Education staff, our youngest adventurers in Prep left the School grounds to embrace the beauty of our local nature. They fearlessly identified water bugs, climbed hills and joyfully stomped through the mud, undeterred by the looming threats of hail or rain.

This brings us to Year 3 – the countdown is on as students and staff prepare for their two days and one night camp at Portsea. As the students look towards the fun, challenges and adventures that will no doubt be experienced in the coming week may they be inspired by the words of Helen Keller, ‘Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all’, and eagerly embrace all that their first camp has to offer.

Mel Brown
Deputy Head of Junior School Kew – Student Learning

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