Skyline’s VCE Bursary Program started 2018 on a high note with students attending one of three weekend-long residential camps. The camps are an opportunity for students in Years 11 and 12 to come together not only to look at what lies ahead but also to strengthen their friendships and peer support.

The Melbourne program, for the first time held at Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, focused on the theme of Transitions.  The diverse and structured program featured intense personal and career development, and also provided lighter, more collegial opportunities for team building through many fun activities. We were thrilled to strengthen our bond with Trinity College and allow students to experience life in college and on the wider university campus.

The Geelong camp was held in Anglesea, with one student reflecting it was ‘the greatest experience I’ve had’. ‘Study’ was the theme for the weekend and students were engaged in workshops led by practitioners in the field, intellectual challenges, leadership and entrepreneurial thinking. Whilst the Year 11’s were challenged by problem solving and team building activities, the Year 12s road tested new study techniques and skills. It wasn’t all work however, with students happily taking to canoeing, the Big Swing and team building activities.

The South-East camp, held at Merricks Lodge, was attended by 14 Year 11 students who joined the program in February 2018.  This camp was their  first taste of Skyline where they commenced their career education with a session facilitated by practitioners from the the Career Educators Association of  Victoria.  Students also took part in a “games night “, which required students to surrender their electronic devices and participate in a variety of board games that exercised  numeracy, literacy, critical thinking and intercultural knowledge.  Guest speaker, Ryan Holloway, spoke to the students about his journey at university, developing leadership skills and the importance of making the most of opportunities that we are given.

All students are now looking forward to what lies ahead in 2018 and are keen to use the knowledge, self-confidence and self-awareness they gained at the camps to develop themselves both personally and academically.