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Academic Curriculum

Exploring Nature in Centennial Park

From the Head of Geography, Adam Wallington

Making the most of the local area, under glorious sunshine on Monday 6th May, Year 7 students embarked on a combined Social Justice / Geography excursion to Centennial Park.

Geography

Focusing on an upcoming assessment task, students explored water flows in, out and around the wetlands and ponds within Centennial Park. Setting out on an orienteering course, teams made use of water testing equipment at regular intervals to determine Ph levels, water movement, turbidity and a ponds capacity to support wildlife. A focus of the day was on sustainability and management of the wetlands, including the impact of the surrounding area on flora and fauna within the park.

Social Justice

With a focus on stewardship and sustainability, students rotated through activities and recorded their experiences and inspirations provided by nature. Meditation in the park was a highlight for most, students were guided through a meditation focussing on being present in nature.

Students also took time to create an adventure story requiring a fictitious hero saving the planet. These stories were amazing with the best story published later in the year. Students also created prayer tree to encourage peace and harmony within our planet. The prayers are now displayed in the College playground.

The highlight of the day was painting an environmental picture. Ms Kitas ran this activity beautifully. The boys were able to use their artistic flair and passion for the environment to create a small masterpiece.

Overall it was a fantastic experience for the young men of Waverley College and an enjoyable day was had by all. A special thanks is extended to Ms Walsh, Mr Thompson, Nicholas Brophy, Mr Chan, Mr Boulmelhem, Ms Attard, Ms Binyamin and Ms Cooper.