Beyond offering a traditional educational experience in Year 9, Heritage College takes students outside their comfort zones with the ‘Step Up’ program, challenging students emotionally, physically and intellectually in a supportive environment. The aim is to provide opportunities to help students ‘know thyself’, understand that intense learning can happen outside the classroom, and to develop their leadership and teamwork skills.
Students are given experiences that require them to work together to solve common goals and make decisions both individually and collectively to achieve specific outcomes. Through these experiences, students find that they challenge themselves and negotiate with others to achieve success. This is achieved with experiential learning activities in the form of four expeditions, training days, excursions and other events.
Why take risks?
Research shows that the best learning occurs when we experiment, when we explore, and try new things. Educators are also aware that the development of a strong, emotionally-resilient self is the ultimate key to lifelong learning and to meeting the challenges of modern life. A resilient person takes calculated risk, is not afraid of challenge, is prepared for change and knows how to cope with adversity. A resilient person has insight and self-knowledge, and confidence in his or her ability to succeed. Equipping students with resilience is one of the fundamental building blocks of leadership, and a key goal that the program aims to achieve. Year 9 students are challenged to ‘do hard things’.
Students develop a deeper understanding of the human-divine relationship— between self and the Creator. Together, students explore and examine important personal values that give each individual a purpose.
Homecoming end of year event
As our Year 9 students are so frequently away during the year for camps, Heritage College hosts an official ‘homecoming’ event to welcome the Year 9 group back ‘home’ after their challenging year. This is a night of food and drinks, friends and family, presentation and celebration!
The Program includes 4 trips (1 per term). Each trip focuses on different areas of personal growth:
- Term 1 Who am I? How does God fit in? Wilsons Prom Hike
- Term 2 How do I get on with others? Survivor Camp
- Term 3 Am I being challenged? White Water Rafting Camp
- Term 4 What is my purpose? Solo Camp
- Term 4 Homecoming Event and Presentation Night