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winter sport. There are so many great options to choose
from which made it easy for everyone to begin the journey of
commitment to training and weekend sport.
This year, I have really enjoyed our semester-based subjects:
Food & Textiles, Art, Drama and Applied Technology. The
subjects are lots of fun and a great way to learn new skills. I
especially enjoyed Textiles, where we were required to design
and make our own pencil case. I loved seeing my project evolve
over time and I liked the freedom we had while doing this
Something very specific to my year level is the St Johnstone
Project. Each year, students go to St Johnstone farm, just
outside Campbell Town, and stay overnight. While we were
there this year, we were involved in a number of projects and
activities that benefited both the farm and our understanding
of sustainable farming, biodiversity and the plants and animals
native to the area. It is a privilege to be a part of this ongoing
project, and it is exciting to watch it change.
2014 has been much more than going to school and doing
similar things every day. We have had incredible opportunities
to learn things that simply could not be done in a classroom.
I have made wonderful new friends and I am glad that they
have felt welcome and included. Year 7 is definitely a year that
stands out in my schooling memories and I’m so fortunate to
have had such an incredible year.
I like being able to do my own thing and it’s bigger than a
normal school project . . . I love that it can involve the wider
I’ve learnt a lot about working independently . . . I’ve really
surprised myself with what I have been able to do!
I like the fact that I could make decisions and seeing those
decisions come true!
It was fun . . . it was great having control over decisions in the
Middle School and being part of the decision-making process.
I love that you have to step up, that you have to take
responsibility. . . and having a say is really important to me.
You can make up events and activities . . . and having extra
activities to do in the Middle School at lunchtimes is really cool.
To conclude, here’s a quote from a student who joined us at
the start of Term Three, Miller Hodge:
“For the first time, I actually wake up and look forward to
coming to school!”
Yvette Hines and Peter Smith
Middle School House Heads
My Year in Year 7
February 3, 2014. It was my first day of Year 7. As I slipped
on my blazer, I felt excitement, anticipation and a hint of
nervousness. That day was the start of something very new.
New subjects and classes, different opportunities and . . . a
locker! I met people who, in a short amount of time, I wouldn’t
be able to imagine my life without.
In the first few weeks of Term 1, Year 7 were given the
opportunity to strengthen their bonds with their peers and
learn a lot about themselves through the Year 7 Education
Outdoors program, ‘Valley Life’. We went on our camps two
House groups at a time, and the program lasted for five days.
At Scotch Oakburn’s Valley Campus, students were faced with
a variety of character and relationship-building challenges
which required a lot of deep thinking. A highlight of the camp
for many students was ‘Survival Night’. In small groups, we
needed to build a raft that could take us through the river to
our campsite. On arrival, we had to build a shelter that our
group was going to sleep under overnight. ‘Survival Night’
was a great challenge for all of us to work on our teamwork,
communication and thinking skills. With many new students
coming to Scotch Oakburn College in Year 7, this camp could
not have been more appropriate as many friendships were
formed early in the year.
All Year 7s have been involved in both a summer and a
It has been a wonderful twelve months for Year 8 students
in their final year before going through the underpass to begin
their senior schooling! It will be sad to see them go, but also
uplifting, knowing that they are ready to ‘take on the world’ on
the other side of Penquite Road. We look forward to hearing of
their future successes in the next four years . . . and beyond.
According to the Year 8s, highlights have been the class
camps, the IY8 Green Projects and the fact that all of them
have undertaken their roles as leaders in the Middle School with
enthusiasm and a growing confidence in their own abilities.
Year 8s Camp
Our class became much closer on camp.
It was a fun week full of adventure and it was actually good to
be away from technology . . . you don’t realise how much you
I really enjoyed watching others overcoming their fears when
abseiling . . . they did so well!
I really enjoyed pushing myself to the limit . . . and working in
teams to overcome problems was great!
I like being able to have a choice in my learning and not being
‘forced’ into a set mould . . . I love the flexibility of IY8 Green.
It’s great that we can branch out into the community and help
those who really need our help.
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