iServi News | 26 February 2021 | Term 1, Week 3
Servite Formation Camp
This week our Year 7 students ventured out in their Priories to various venues to commence their three-day Formation Camp. The regular classroom routine was paused to allow learning to take place in a different environment.
The camp plays an important part in students’ discovery and development of key attributes that support their learning and readiness for life. Simply being away from home can be a challenge for many students as they forego their regular routines and comforts. Camp also provides the opportunity for students to discover more about themselves and those around them, enabling them to develop and strengthen their social connections.
Camp activities are designed take students outside of their comfort zone and to challenge them to be courageous and try something new. This growth mindset encourages discovery and helps students to become well-rounded individuals. Underpinning this philosophy is an environment of rich support.
Here at Servite, we strive to foster an atmosphere of trust, where students know that they are surrounded by friends, family and staff. This provides them with the confidence to give something different a go, which can open up a whole new world of experiences for them. We want our students to always feel safe, well and supported and to consistently challenge themselves to become all that they were created to be.
The Year 7 Formation Camp is one of many strategies that we have implemented into our curriculum, designed to develop key attributes and skills that set students up to successfully navigate the many challenges that they will assuredly experience in their future lives. We want to build capacity in our students to manage their own learning as they progress through the College, so they can effectively transition into the world after Servite with great confidence.
Activities such as the Year 7 Formation Camp help develop a sense of resilience and perseverance in our students. These important attributes are critical to allow students to learn from failures and to work through issues and problems. The camp also supports students in managing any anxieties they may have, a skill that is very much a part of our modern lives.
Providing opportunities for students to reflect and regulate their own behaviours, thoughts and emotions is another key aspect of supporting students to become learning and life ready. The Year 7 Formation Camp environment and the accompanying program allows students to reflect on how they should act in certain circumstances and develop personal accountability for their decisions. We introduce these key attributes into our Year 7 Formation program and continue to provide growth opportunities across the years to instil students graduating from the College with the capacity to effectively self-regulate and own their decisions.
In forming students in the Servite Way, we also encourage leadership and working collaboratively with others. During their Camp, the Year 7s were introduced to a range of team building and leadership activities, which allowed them to connect with others and work together. This important attribute is becoming increasingly vital in today’s world and is therefore a focus across the each of the year levels at Servite.
At Servite we embrace life to the full and celebrate each day for the gift that it is. We want all of our students to take time for joy and engage in life’s experiences with great energy and zest. We aim for all of our students to be learning and life ready for their transition through the College and out into their exciting future. In connecting students to key growth opportunities across the year, we ensure they have the best chance to learn and develop as they progress through and beyond the College.
Congratulations to all of our Year 7 students for the way that they took up the challenge and positively involved themselves in the Formation Camp. We know that many of the friendships forged will be long-lasting and the experiences had will set them up for future success. We encourage students to continue to reflect on their learnings from the Camp and have the courage to integrate them into their daily school routines.
I would also like to acknowledge our amazing College staff who gave of their time and talents so generously to ensure the success of the camps. We are most fortunate to have such a dedicated staff who ensure we continue to provide the best possible learning environment for our students.
Enrolment interviews for Year 7, 2022 have recommenced and interviews for Year 7, 2023 are now being scheduled.
We would strongly encourage families and friends who intend for their child to attend Servite to lodge an enrolment application as a matter of priority, given spaces are quickly becoming limited.
Parents are asked to drive with caution at all times around the College and follow the traffic flow restrictions. Traffic is one-way traffic through Morgans St and out Cape St. No parking is permitted in bus zones. Please view the traffic flow indicators on the map available here.
Mr Jeff Allen