The class of 2023 have enjoyed an extended welcome program that has included an opportunity for them to introduce and express themselves creatively to the QA community, an outdoor education program at the Bornhoffen PCYC camp and a series of sessions held on campus aimed at getting students into the swing of things at QA.
The alternative program, held in conjunction with Year 10 camp, has allowed students to feel welcome whilst developing strong bonds with others in both their Global Learners class and their House. Students have been active, had balance to their academic studies, practiced mindfulness and been creative with paints as they showed House spirit.
Starting the program focussing on essential study skills with Elevate Education, students moved into a period of mindfulness where they enjoyed colouring, creating Lego models, volleyball and chess.
In the following days students developed basic meditation breathing and moved their bodies to open joints and stretch muscles that can become tight with sitting at a desk. Numerous House points were up for grabs as students created house banners with paint and took part in a mini Olympics. Principal Rebgetz commented that she had never heard such enthusiasm for a House event!
Students were also able to complete some of the important training/professional development that must be completed as an IB student including a science laboratory induction and the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA) academic honesty course.
The alternate program was an excellent opportunity for students to get to know each other and their Global Learners teachers and was enjoyed by all.
Mrs Rachael Hart
HOD Global Learners