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CHARACTER & SCHOLARSHIP: PARENTING
Parenting resources more accessible in 2019
Sitting on a kayak surrounded
by the expanse of the ocean
is a challenging mindset.
For a group of RGS Year 11
Outdoor Education students in
Term 4, their mental and physical
boundaries were tested in the
Keppel Island Sea Kayak Expedition.
Weather conditions were
unfavourable on day one, preventing
the 15km paddle over to the islands.
The group, however, started their
expedition off Great Keppel Island
later. After a couple of days and
nights of paddling and camping
on the Miall and Humpy islands
it was time for the 15km return
journey home to Ritamada.
This adventure was a new
experience for Flynn Geddes
(pictured in back of the kayak),
one which tested him and
one which he conquered.
“Looking back I think it’s
something that everyone should
do at least once, something
really tough,’’ Flynn said.
It was a chance for the group to get
outdoors, outside of the classroom,
and not only push themselves
individually but also to rely on
each other and work as a team.
“It was about the ability to
prepare a trip and execute it with
all your mates,’’ Flynn said.
Flynn said when he was first told
about the trip it sounded like “fun”.
The reality was the distance
is challenging, the temperature
was around 35 degrees and
there was little assistance from
tail winds and currents.
“Still, when you get into it the
challenge is still there because
you’re caught up in what you’re
doing and enjoying every bit of
it becomes less of a concern
and more of a focus on where
you have come,’’ Flynn said.
“When you’re on the water
your perception of distance is
minimal. You can’t tell whether
or not if you’re moving.
“When I was out there my
primar y thought was wow. I’m
here out on the water, sort of in
the middle of nowhere paddling
- stroke, stroke, stroke, when’s
the next water break. A lot of
things go through your head.”
Reflecting on the experience Flynn
is glad he took up the challenge.
“It ’s a different perspective on
things and not a lot of people
get to do this,’’ Flynn said.
“On the trip you gain a lot of skills
and gain appreciation of things
you take for granted, like having
a phone. It ’s radio or nothing. Not
having that constant distraction is
interesting. After your physically
exer ted you either want to do
nothing, eat or do nothing.
“For me it was more physically
exhausting. We had to slow
up, start and it gets you. Once
you get cruising it’s so much
easier and enjoyable.
“After the 15km return trip I wanted
to be home. I spent four days on the
islands sleeping on the ground. It
was a massive relief to get home.”
RGS Director of Outdoor
Education Mr Damien Boicos said
in perfect conditions, sea kayaking
of this nature can be picture perfect
and relatively comfor table, however,
during rough seas and inclement
weather, this activity can be very
challenging and exhausting.
Photo: Mrs Samantha Price-Rees
CHARACTER & SCHOLARSHIP: EDUCATION IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Secondary stability and current lessons on the water
Well-being should be at the heart of
education. As such, RGS is implementing
a whole-of- School approach to Positive
Education by developing a model of
its own that will be imbedded into the
current pastoral care prog ramme.
In 2019 the programme will
feature Rockhampton Grammar
Sch o olTV, introduced in mid-2018.
SchoolTV, is a digital wellbeing
platform designed to help mums,
dads and others in the challenges
of modern-day parenting. It aims to
inform and empower parents w ith
information and methods to manage
issues faced by today’s children.
“It’s accessible help anytime
for parents trying to raise happy,
healthy and resilient children,” said
Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.
Topics such as anxiety, body image,
self-harm, drug and alcohol use,
cyberbullying and many others are
covered by specialists and other
contrbutors. S ch o o l T V, also aggregates
information from many leading
organisations and offers useful articles,
fact sheets, apps, websites and other
recommended video content.
Ever y month, child psychologist
Dr Michael Carr- Gregg introduces
the RGS community to a new
topic, inter views specialists and
shares experiences. Information
is presented in bite-size pieces that
can be watched and read any where
at any time on any device.
Also coming up in 2019, RGS will
continue to publish QQ Digital
Parenting, after a successful launch
in 2018. Produced at the end of Terms
1 and 3, Headmaster Dr Moulds
believes CQ Digital Parenting will
complement Rockhampton Grammar
Sch oolTV, and when utilised together,
parents will be better equipped
to take-on some tough issues.
“We hope that parents will find
both CQ Digital Parenting and
Sch oolTV,useful and informative
tools. Together, we can support
each other to raise happy, healthy
and resilient boys, girls, men
and women,” he remarked.
Rockhampton Grammar SchoolTV is accessible on the School’s website under Academics>Positive Education.
Digital Parenting can be accessed by browsing issues at capricornusquarterly.rgs.qld.edu.au
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