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A week of adventure at Student Opportunity Week

Jun 13, 2024

Student Opportunity Week (SOW) offered all 900 Secondary students and teachers a week of opportunity and excitement as they participated in 17 different programs in Term 2.

SOW is a unique week that replaces traditional school camps and allows students to dive right into something that interests them: from performing arts to high performance surfing; from hiking to horse riding.

Organiser Stewart van Bentum is enthusiastic about the week and its benefits. “It’s so great for students,” he says. “They can either develop a passion they already have, or be introduced to something new – that may become a life-long passion.”

The week’s adventures took place around Sydney, in rural NSW, interstate and even overseas and included:

  • a New Zealand STEM trip, featuring a few days at a Mission to Space camp;
  • High Performance Centre Surf training on the Gold Coast;
  • a Reef at Risk educational adventure in Far North Queensland;
  • an artist-in-training experience at Bundanon (NSW South Coast);
  • ‘Coastal Explorer’ camping, water craft and hiking (NSW South Coast);
  • a Duke of Edinburgh hike;
  • Golf training and development and games in Canberra;
  • Horse riding (NSW Central Coast);
  • Mountain Biking training and development in Canberra;
  • Performing Arts workshops and live shows;
  • Scuba lessons and dives in Manly;
  • ‘Soul and Sea’ experience showcasing stretching classes, water sports, city walks in Sydney;
  • the ever-exciting ‘Urban Challenge’ around Sydney;
  • Cooking and food technology classes (including eating!);
  • Photography training and day excursions;
  • Year 12 study retreat; and
  • Year 7 camping adventure.

Read more about SOW and what’s on offer. Link: Student Opportunity Week

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