Following the completion of the Year 12 Mid-Course examinations, which mark the half-way point of the HSC for the class of 2018, the Year 12 cohort this week embarked on their Academic and Spiritual Enhancement week.
This is a week that is constructed to provide significant learning and faith building opportunities for the students. Last Sunday the students headed off, accompanied by a team of staff to begin their week in Sydney.
On arrival, the students were welcomed to the University of Sydney, where they enjoyed a campus tour and an introduction to the possibilities that exist as part of university studies; these included degree options, various entry pathways and exchange options, as well as elite athlete and scholarship opportunities. In the evening, the students and staff attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in The Rocks and then shared dinner at a local restaurant.
On Monday and Tuesday, the students all attended a variety of subject specific sessions, working with experts and HSC writers and markers, to improve their understanding of their HSC subjects and their approach to exams. Sessions ranged from visits to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation for physics and chemistry students, Art Express and the State Library for Art and Society and Culture students and the Museum of Human Diseases for Biology students. In addition, all students experienced a session focused on their English papers, working with a senior marker from the HSC.
There was, of course, some time for sightseeing around Sydney, with the close proximity to the Harbour resulting in both early morning and evening strolls to the Opera House, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. The students secured invaluable learning opportunities over the time spent in Sydney and they return to school next Term, enriched with further knowledge and understanding in their subjects.
From Sydney, the students travelled to Warrenbuyi Retreat Centre in Murrumbateman, where they were met by the Retreat team of staff to complete their week. Here, students took the time and opportunity to focus on their own place, their goals and their journey so far. Working with our staff, Sacred Heart Parish Priest, Father Martin, and Chris Doyle, the students engaged in thoughtful and considered reflection, discussion and exploration of the important elements in their lives. The Retreat provided a perfect balance to the busyness of the beginning of the week, with time to refocus on the remainder of the journey ahead.