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SENIOR SCHOOL/JINGSHAN VISIT
FEEDING A KANGAROO AND
learning how to pitch a tent were
among the highlights of a two-
week visit to Tasmania for a group of
The ten students were from the
Jingshan School, the College’s sister
school in Beijing.
It followed the successful visit by a
group of Scotch Oakburn Year 9 and
10 students to China in October last
year and further cements the strong
bonds between the two prestigious
Leigh Cordell, Acting Head of LOTE
(Languages other than English),
explained that the ten students who
visited from Jingshan were studying
the equivalent of Year 9 and had two
weeks in Tasmania in Term 1. Scotch
Oakburn College families hosted the
The visitors enjoyed a combination
of in-class time and excursions to
the Valley Campus at Fingal and
Freycinet National Park, the Queen
Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s
Chinese exhibition in Launceston,
and to Mole Creek Caves and the
nearby Trowunna Wildlife Park.
“The overnight stay at the Valley
Campus was done in conjunction
with the Education Outdoors team,”
Mr Cordell said.
“Thanks to teacher Stephen Jacobs
and the whole Education Outdoors
The visit was a
chance to renew
the two groups of
The many flow-on
benefits should not
according to Mr Cordell.
“The visit was beneficial for
our students because they had
international guests in their homes so
as well as the direct relationship built
up between the Jingshan students
and their Scotch Oakburn buddies,
they also developed a relationship
with Scotch Oakburn siblings and the
wider families,” he said.
“There is, of course, the language
component, but also the culture that
comes along with that.
“I know a few home-stay buddies
taught their Scotch Oakburn families
how to cook dumplings,
and other Chinese
dishes, so it was
beneficial for both
“ There were some
very strong bonds
made among the
Scotch Oakburn and
Jingshan students, and
there were tears at the
airport when the Jingshan
students left, and not just from
Research suggests that language
learning is beneficial for both
practical and educational reasons.
As well as aiding communication
skills for both physical and virtual
applications, it also promotes
understanding and empathy for
people from different cultural
backgrounds in an increasingly
It also offers advantages for
students’ literacy levels in their
first language, as well as improved
learning development as a result
of learning one or more additional
The visit from the Jingshan students
further underlines just one of the
ways in which language learning
is flourishing at Scotch Oakburn
Scotch Oakburn students can also
study Japanese and French, with
trips to France and Japan scheduled
to take place this year.
Its enviable Chinese program offers
taught classes from Prep to Year 12.
IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT AN
international award that encourages
innovation, strength of character,
service and leadership has such a
high take-up at Scotch Oakburn.
After all, the College is a Round
Square school, committed to
the IDEALS of internationalism,
adventure, leadership and service.
That there is more than a hint
of these IDEALS in the Duke of
Edinburgh’s International Award is
due in no small part to the role that
German educationalist Kurt Hahn
had in the founding tenets of both
the award and the Round Square
This year about 60 College students
are taking part in the award, with
three Year 11 students already
embarking on the pinnacle of these –
the gold award.
They are: India Veevers, of
Launceston, Emily Foster, of Ross,
and Camilla Taylor, of Campbell Town,
Participants are required to meet
five criteria for the gold award,
involving a skill, service, physical
recreation, an adventurous journey
and a residential project.
To fulfil the skill section, India is
working towards completing her
grade 7 piano exam.
Attending rowing training and
regattas helps to meet the physical
recreation criteria and a five-day
rowing camp earlier in the year ticked
off the residential project.
“My ‘service’ section will comprise of
a few different elements,” India said.
“I have begun by visiting aged care
homes – something I did for all six
months of my bronze award. I also
plan to help out in the City Mission
Kitchen with Emily.
“For my adventurous journey
I am planning to complete the
Overland Track alongside Emily. I’m
really looking forward to this as I’ve
never done it before and I think it is
important we make the most of the
amazing places that we are lucky
enough to live so close to.”
While India is looking forward to
walking through Tasmania’s pristine
central highlands, she finds the
community service section the most
“It’s the best feeling knowing that
you’re making someone’s day a little
bit better,” India said.
Emily said she was excited to start
on her gold award after completing
the bronze last year.
“I will undergo many challenges and
obstacles, overcoming these through
problem solving and persistence,”
She had learned a lot during the
bronze award, including survival,
communication and leadership skills,
particularly during the adventurous
“The award encourages me to
develop skills that cannot be learnt
within a classroom and have to come
from experience,” Emily said.
“Participants go on their own
journey whilst learning many new
skills and life lessons.”
Her physical recreations include
basketball, netball and equestrianism.
She is learning to cross stitch for her
‘skill’ and is hoping to include horse
riding in her residential project.
Emily urged other students to step
out of their comfort zone and get
involved in the awards.
“The Duke of Ed program takes
you on a journey that you will never
forget, while gaining skills along the
way,” Emily added.
Teacher Lauren Knight oversees the
awards at the College.
“Students take on challenges while
developing strength of character and
resilience,” Mrs Knight said.
“A future employer can see that
these young people have not only
contributed to the community
but are also organised, efficient,
motivated and can work with
Going for gold
“It’s the best
that you’re making
someone’s day a
little bit better”
tears at the
India Veevers, Emily Foster and Camilla Taylor
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