Parent Information Booklet
WELCOME Dear Parents, The REALISE program promises to be a significant experience in the life of our Year 9 girls. The program aims to enable the girls to apply the learning they have developed in their lives in a new, authentic context. The opportunity for independent learning will allow the girls to achieve an understanding of their resourcefulness and limits while working collaboratively in the natural environment. This program will offer an integrated curriculum that will develop personal, social and living skills beyond what is possible in the traditional mainstream school environment. Key elements will form the framework of the curriculum. These include, Outdoor Education, Science, Independent Living, Community Service and Engagement, and Health and Wellbeing. Activities are relevant to the learning context of the Coorong, community experiences and components of the Australian Curriculum. Living away from home will provide many challenges and opportunities for your daughter. There will be personal challenges as it may be the first time she has been separated for her family for an extended period. She will learn to live in harmony with her housemates and develop techniques to be accepting of the habits of other people. This rich learning environment will help her to better understand adult life and enable her to gain insight into her own place in this world. We look forward to seeing you and your daughter at the information evening for all Realise groups on Monday 26 June, from 6pm to 7pm in Hender Hall. Please contact me at school 83446688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information. If, for some reason you need to contact staff on camp, please call the Outdoor Education mobile on 0409 186 078. Kind Regards Lauren Walker Coordinator of Outdoor Education
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Philosophy of REALISE Dates for 2017 Important Information Program Detail Student Wellbeing Accommodation Packing List Equipment Offer
PHILOSOPHY OF REALISE All Year 9 students at Wilderness School benefit from a unique and dynamic learning experience of a 19 day residential program at our Crawford campus that reaches beyond the physical confines of the classroom. The program aims to challenge the girls using a team of qualified, supportive and encouraging staff. This enables girls the opportunity to discover that challenges can be faced and overcome with persistence and cooperation.
R Remote E Experience A Authentic L Learning I In a S Sustainable E Environment
Learning Intention Girls will further develop as capable, confident and connected young women who are resilient and resourceful in the face of challenges and uncertainty. Girls have the opportunity to: • be independent individuals who take responsibility for themselves and apply the principles of sound nutrition and personal fitness during a critical period in their development • understand themselves through quiet contemplation and reflection • experience authentic learning within a natural and unfamiliar environment • build mutually supportive friendships and an enduring group spirit. • face challenges individually and as part of a team • practice intelligent behaviours that promote resilience, resourcefulness, responsible risk taking and reflectiveness • engage in critical, creative and caring thinking with mindfulness and deep understanding • contribute to the local community through service learning • explore further ways in which they can contribute to the sustainability of our physical environment School Values – a core component of our REALISE PROGRAM Adventurous Learning REALISE provides girls the chance to demonstrate real world application of their learning. It encourages them to take responsible risks and be resourceful within their environment in order to pursue success. Independence is fostered by girls taking responsibility for their actions and being involved in all aspects of the program. Responsible Citizenship REALISE plays a large role in building an appreciation for the natural environment in our girls and addressing the need for its conservation. The program introduces them to big subject matters such as the sustainability of our world, Indigenous culture and ethical issues, preparing them to be agents of change. Respectful Relationships The value Wilderness places on Respectful Relationships is intrinsic to the philosophy embedded throughout REALISE of team work, group cohesion, and relationship building. The girls build and strengthen relationships with peers and adults and their interpersonal and social skills are positively impacted. True and Courageous Self REALISE builds girls’ character by offering them the opportunity to persevere through challenges, be resilient, develop grit and confidence, and enhance their wellbeing in a safe and supportive environment.
DATES FOR 2017
PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT
6.00 – 7.00pm
TERM 3 – CORE GROUP 1
TERM 3 – CORE GROUP 2
TERM 4 – CORE GROUP 3
TERM 4 – CORE GROUP 4
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROGRAM START On their designated dates, girls will depart from Hawkers Road at 8.30am. CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS Please see relevant pages in this booklet for the list of the clothing and equipment required. In encouraging independence, it is important that your daughter packs her own bags to ensure she has all that is required to keep her safe and comfortable whilst on program. Please take note of compulsory items despite the time of year your daughter is on program. MEDICAL DETAILS AND CONSENT Please return the following forms to your daughterâ€™s Form Teacher by Friday 28 July:
Medical Information Agreement/Emergency Contacts
It is important to have the most up to date medical information and medical history about your daughter in order to provide her with the best level of care, if anything changes prior to program please contact the Coordinator of Outdoor Education. Up to date action plans must be provided for Asthma and Anaphylaxis. The Coordinator of Outdoor Education will contact you prior to your daughterâ€™s program if further information is required. Please inform the Coordinator of Outdoor Education of any current medication or special concerns. Medication required must be clearly named and instructions stated specifically. There is a requirement for all medication taken on program to be recorded. If your daughter needs to self medicate written permission with full details needs to be provided to Coordinator of Outdoor Education PRIOR to program. TRANSPORT Transport throughout the program will be on a 25 Seater Mitsubishi Rosa bus and the Wilderness School Dual Cab Ute. If for any reason your daughter is required to travel in a private car you will be contacted for consent. PROGRAM END On the last day of program your daughter will finish with the opportunity to catch the Spirit of the Coorong boat from Long Point to Goolwa. Our bus will then meet the girls in Goolwa and your daughter will return to school by 4pm and can be collected from Hender Lawn.
PROGRAM DETAIL COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ENGAGEMENT Community Service and Engagement projects are chosen so that the girls can contribute and engage in the community which they belong for 3 weeks. We believe it is important to be an active member of the community you belong. The projects that your daughter may be involved in this year include: •
Beach Litter Survey – This involves working with the DEWNR (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources) to do a beach clean up. Litter is collected from a length of beach and then categorised, counted and weighed to contribute to data collected by the Marine Debris Project. In the lead up to this the girls have the opportunity to hear from a Volunteer from Sea Shepherd to aim to understand the sources of marine debris in particular plastics in our oceans and the potential impacts this has on our marine ecosystems and wildlife.
Raukkan visit – Raukkan is a small Aboriginal Community just west of Narrung on Lake Alexandrina. Your daughter has the opportunity to learn from Clyde Rigney about our shared history in this historic town. The girls then contribute to this community by working with the Indigenous students at Raukkan Primary School.
Friends of the Coorong Project – There is an exciting new project being developed with the Friends of the Coorong group, to help build and maintain a bushwalking shelter on the Nukan Kungun Hike. Although building will not commence this year the girls will be involved in the planning stages and some track maintenance.
Meningie Community Engagement – Some opportunities to engage with and serve in the Meningie community include working with children at the Childcare Centre and local Kindy and interacting with elderly people at the Hospital and Community Day Centre.
FIRST AID Students will be involved in a full day First Aid course run by paramedics from TAFE SA which qualifies them in Provide First Aid HLTAID003. First Aid is important in a variety of different life situations and knowing what to do in an emergency means that your daughter will be valuable asset anywhere she goes. Holding this qualification is going to valuable for your daughter in the participation of Outdoor Adventure activities and in coming years when completing VET courses, and applying for part time jobs. FARM VISIT Students visit a nearby property ‘Wareena’ to be farmers for a day. The girls get to experience a variety of farm jobs including handling sheep for shearing, pregnancy testing cows and tractor driving. The opportunity aims to develop an appreciation for our primary producers and the dedication and hard work that goes into producing food and fibres.
PROGRAM DETAIL OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES Students will be involved in a number of Outdoor Adventures during their time at Crawford. These will include Rockclimbing or Surfing, Bushwalking, Kayaking, and a Solo Camp Out Experience. •
Term 3 Groups Rockclimbing: 2 days of Top Rope Rockclimbing and Abseiling will take place at Mt Arapiles in Victoria with overnight camping. Rockclimbing is led by experienced Rockclimbing instructors and supported by the REALISE staff.
Term 4 Groups Surfing: 2 days of surfing will take place at Long Beach in Robe with overnight camping at Robe Holiday Park. Surfing is led by experienced surf instructors from Charlie’s Surf School and supported by REALISE staff.
Kayaking: Girls will have the chance to develop their kayaking skills with capsize practice in the pool at Crawford and a basic skills kayaking day. As part of the Outdoor Journey the girls will spend one night on a kayaking expedition on the South Lagoon of the Coorong, camping on the Young Husband Peninsula.
Bushwalking: As part of the Outdoor Journey the girls will spend one night on a bushwalking expedition in the Coorong National Park.
Outdoor Journey: A 3 Day/2 Night small group expedition where the girls are responsible for the planning and running of the trip with supervision from experienced Kayaking and Bushwalking instructors. The girls with engage with the history of the area and the environment.
Solo Night Experience: Near the end of the program the girls will partake in a Solo Night Experience, camping in a tent from mid afternoon through to the next morning by themselves. This is a challenging experience for the girls which allows for independent self reflection. Staff members are in close proximity to the girls and each student has a whistle or walkie talkie so that staff can attend to them in an emergency.
SCIENCE WEEKEND The Year 9 Science teachers visit the girls for one weekend during their stay at Crawford. The girls have the opportunity to be a Research Scientist for the 2 days. They are involved in: • • • • • •
Bird Banding research with David Paton from the University of Adelaide Bird Counts in the Salt Creek area, contributing to data taken over the previous 5 years Plant transects and plant identification, studying terrestrial ecosystems Fish Dissections, looking ta both anatomical features but also adaptations to living in water Plant drawings and plant structures, in particular flower heads Exclusion Zones, being involved in scientific research associated with the ‘Custodians of Crawford’ project
STUDENT WELLBEING DEVELOPING RESILIENCE FOR REALISE Health and Wellbeing class preparation To help prepare your daughter for REALISE, students have been learning different resilience strategies in their weekly Health and Wellbeing class. As part of this class, girls will have completed the Wilderness Resilience Adolescence Program (WRAP) in preparation for the different challenges that they may face while away at REALISE. Learning resilience skills and then applying these skills in a very practical way at REALISE is a great opportunity to develop these skills for life long learning and application. The WRAP lessons focus on teaching specific resilience skills. Some of the skills taught include: • understanding positive and negative self talk • analysing strategies that assist in regulating behaviour and achieving goals • investigating the concepts of negative and pessimistic thinking styles • practicing techniques to promote positive self-talk in challenging situations • understanding support networks and having a plan for REALISE • how to manage homesickness • building self efficacy • developing personal strengths and coping mechanisms to apply at REALISE PHYSICAL WELLBEING The physical wellbeing program begins in Health and Physical Education lessons at Wilderness prior to attending the REALISE program. The girls engage in nutrition topics, participate in cooking lessons, work together to create a collection of nutritious recipes and design fitness sessions. On program the girls engage in daily 45 minute fitness sessions that they are responsible for leading in order to impart on the girls the importance of physical activity in everyday life. These sessions include the Crawford Run where girls can set their own goals around their personal fitness, circuit based sessions and yoga. The fitness program has an individual focus where your daughter is encouraged to improve and develop her fitness within her capabilities and challenge herself. On Outdoor Adventure days the girls are active throughout the majority of the day. At the beginning of the program the girls have access to further cooking lessons in the Crawford kitchen with a food safety component preparing them to cook independently in their cabins. Students will plan their own menus and shopping lists with their cabin group. If your daughter has a special dietary requirement we ask that you provide a detailed description of this prior to the program so that these requirements can be incorporated into the menu plans for your daughter’s cabin. HANDLING HOMESICKNESS IN A POSITIVE WAY For some girls, going to REALISE is the first time that they experience being away from home for a significant amount of time. Girls may experience homesickness being away from their family and friends. We encourage you to talk with your daughter that if they feel homesick that this is a normal experience being away from home for an extended time. If your daughter is highly anxious about being away, please let us know as soon as possible so we can support her the best possible way in preparation for REALISE. Our goal is that REALISE is a positive experience for your daughter and we can help manage the feeling of homesickness while they are away. If your daughter does experience homesickness while on the program staff will support her in the following ways: • Encourage her to talk with a friend for support because they are all experiencing camp together with similar experiences • Do something enjoyable - having fun is a great way to take your mind off the problem and build positive experiences • Stay active (e.g. go for a walk, run or play tennis) • Write down in a journal how she is feeling - writing helps calm down heightened emotions and expresses how she is feeling • Be kind to herself and know that it is ok to cry if she is feeling down • De-stress by taking time to relax with slow breathing or muscle relaxing exercises • Talk to the REALISE staff so they can help her work through her feelings
STUDENT WELLBEING LETTER WRITING The program at Crawford is a unique experience for your daughter to experience life without daily technology use such as email, mobile phones and/or social media. Your daughter will have the opportunity to engage in the art of letter writing where she will be encouraged to write to parents and family members. Receiving letters from you is something that your daughter will look forward to. Receiving mail from home is a highlight for the girls. For letter writing please keep in mind: • letter writing is a slow form of communication • sometime girls write home to share how they are feeling and may write about their highs and low throughout the program • by the time you receive a letter your daughter is more than likely to have moved on from any sad feelings that she has expressed • replying to your daughter with encouraging and positive news is going to be the best way to communicate to your daughter • keep your letters positive and upbeat • if you are missing your daughter it is in her best interest for her wellbeing that you write your letters in a positive tone and not to talk about how sad you might be feeling • parcels are not permitted to be received at Crawford • letters are delivered to Crawford on Monday, Wednesday and Friday • girls will have the opportunity to post letters when visiting Meningie or Kingston when they go to town for activities or shopping The postal address for correspondence is; 10745A Princes Highway Salt Creek SA 5261 MOBILE PHONES Mobile phones are not permitted. Any mobile phone found in possession of a student will be collected and returned to the Head of Middle School. A meeting will then need to be organised with parents, the student and Head of Middle School after the completion of the program to obtain the mobile. BIRTHDAYS We encourage families to send their daughter a birthday present if her birthday occurs during the program. We ask that the ‘birthday package’ be limited to the size of a shoe box and contain gifts that are appropriate for the environment and program that your daughter is experiencing. The birthday package can be given to the Coordinator of Outdoor Education on the morning of departure. Peers will be encouraged to bake a cake to celebrate birthdays during the program.
STUDENT WELLBEING DEALING WITH ILLNESS The health of the girls is a priority for staff on program. The girls are encouraged to notify a staff member if themselves or someone in their cabin is experiencing: • Headaches • Vomiting • Sore throat or cold symptoms • Taking any medication – all medication is kept and recorded in the staff cabin unless otherwise arranged with a staff member prior to Realise • Pain or skin irritation anywhere that lasts 2 hours or more • Someone is not eating regularly or not eating enough food • Emotional difficulties such as prolonged home sickness, feeling depressed, changed behaviour If staff feel that it is advisable to seek medical attention for your daughter parents will be informed as soon as possible. The Coorong Medical Centre in Meningie is open from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am – 11:30am. All medical details including your daughter’s Medicare number and Private Health will need to be provided prior to the girls departing on the program. The billing procedure by the Medical Centre is to bulk bill students. At Wilderness School we also have access to a service called International SOS where at any time of day or night we can ring and speak to a doctor and they can advise staff on the best course of action. In the event of needing medical assistance outside of Medical Centre opening hours, the Meningie Hospital has a doctor on call 24hrs/day. Salt Creek has SA Ambulance Community Emergency Response Team and Meningie has a SA Ambulance Volunteer Station.
ACCOMMODATION CRAWFORD CAMPS Our Crawford campus is located on the Coorong, near Policeman Point. The Coorong is a wetland of international significance and an important archaeological site, having enormous cultural significance to the Ngarrindjeri people. The distinctive landscape is a key breeding area for the Australian pelican and is a refuge for ducks, swans, cormorants, terns, grebes and numerous species of migratory birds. In 2011 Wilderness School was generously bequeathed a gift from an Old Scholar, Diana Crawford. This remarkable gift enabled Wilderness School to purchase our wonderful facility. In memory and recognition of Diana and her tremendous legacy the facility was named â€œCrawfordâ€?. The property boasts a unique location and offers enormous opportunities for environmental education and outdoor education activities. CABINS Accommodation for the duration of the girls stay at REALISE is in cabins of between 3 and 6 girls. These cabins have been refurbished with generous donations from Wilderness families. In this space the girls will practice living in harmony with the girls in their cabin. This will include setting their own guidelines for the group to adhere to, and establishing rosters in order to keep their living space clean and tidy and ensuring cooking and cleaning tasks are divided evenly. The girls are expected to hold cabin meetings twice per week to discuss issues/concerns in their cabin and with the assistance of a staff member learn to come up with ways of overcoming these issues or concerns. Other areas on the campus that are utilised during the program include an indoor pool, classroom, oval, tennis court, shared laundry and industrial kitchen. INDIRECT STUDENT SUPERVISION At times during the REALISE program your daughter will engage in activities that are indirectly supervised. Students share a cabin, which staff do not reside in. Staff are present within close proximity to the cabins but your daughter is given trust and freedom to manage her home with her housemates. CAMPING There are up to 4 nights on the program where your daughter will be camping in a tent. Your daughter will share this space will two other girls. The tents that we use on program are Wilderness Equipment I-Explore 3 person tents.
PACKING LIST PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE REALISE PROGRAM: • Mobile phones • Electronic games • Valuable jewellery • EFTPOS/credit cards • Make up/nail polish • Spending money • Medication other than epi pens, asthma puffers and daily medication that has been discussed with staff.
There are 3 packs that your daughter is allowed to bring to the Realise program. The following pages detail everything she needs to bring. Please note that this list in extensive and everything on it is needed for your daughter to be prepared but there some COMPULSORY ITEMS IN BOLD which are needed to keep your daughter happy, healthy and safe.
***Please label all personal belongings*** 1.
DAY PACK (20-40 LITRE CAPACITY) –MUST BE ABLE TO BE WORN ON BACK TO BE USED DURING DAY ACTIVITIES Recess and Lunch for the first day travel
Whistle on neck cord
Personal First Aid Kit (see below)
Waterproof jacket (school spray jacket is not sufficient, must be seam sealed. Thigh length is best)
Personal medication requirements (e.g. ventolin, hay fever medication etc.)
Water bottle (2 x 1L bottles) 2.
SLEEPING GEAR COMPACT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN SOFT BAG – MAT, PILLOW AND SLEEPING BAG CAN BE SEPARATE Blankets (2-3) OR Doona with cover
Compact Sleeping bag (good for at least 0*C)
Two complete sets of linen (including top and bottom sheet)
Compact Sleeping Mat Self Inflating (for overnight camping needs to fit in rucksack & kayak - school can provide foam mat)
Pillow and (2) pillow covers
EQUIPMENT OFFER We encourage you to talk with family and friends or previous students who have attended REALISE to see if some equipment can be borrowed. In helping you and your daughter prepare for the upcoming adventure we have organised through Kathmandu a weekend that you are able to access our schools corporate account for considerable discount on gear. If your daughter is going on the Japan Snow Trip or the Nepal Trek in 2018 please ensure you consult the gear lists for these trips so that you are getting equipment appropriate for REALISE and these trips. The Kathmandu Corporate Weekend will run from Thursday 3 August through to Sunday 6 August. A flyer will be sent out that you will need to take into the Rundle Mall store to obtain the discount.
RESIDENTIAL BAG - LIVING AT CRAWFORD PACKED IN A LARGE SUITCASE.
CLOTHING Shorts (2 pairs)
3 T shirts (with sleeves, preferably with collars)
Long sleeved shirts (2)
Long pants/tracksuit bottoms (2)
Lightweight woolen jumper (to be worn for kayaking under lightweight waterproof/spray jacket)
Lightweight waterproof/spray jacket/wind breaker (1)
Underwear (sufficient for 5 days)
Thermals (long pants + long top)
Bathers (sun smart shirt to swim in; bikinis alone are not acceptable)
Socks (4 pairs: include 2 thick wool blend and 2 sport)
Polar fleece/thick woolen jumper (2)
FOOTWEAR (ENCLOSED SHOES ARE TO BE WORN AROUND THE CRAWFORD SITE AND EXCURSIONS) Running shoes
Reef walkers or old sandshoes (to be used for kayaking)
Outdoor shoes (for walking in National Park)
TOILETRIES (SUFFICIENT FOR 3 WEEKS) Soap
Shampoo and conditioner
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Sunscreen (30+, water resistant)
Insect repellant (non-aerosol)
Bath towels (2)
Playing cards/board game
Head torch (recommended)
Three quotes of the day
iPod for fitness
Battery operated alarm clock
Soft sports bag
Empty 5L Water Bladder
Tea towels x 4