The past two weeks have seen many in the Senior School occupying themselves with preparations for the annual Exeat Week program. Exeat Week is long-standing and significant part of the College’s co-curricular program, and one which will hold a firm place in the memories of Old Collegians once they leave Braemar for the last time.
We know that an appropriate level of challenge (and attendant nervousness) is healthy for students, as without it they will not feel that wonderfully satisfying feeling of having approached something difficult, stuck with it, and then come out the other side. We also know the learning benefits for students in taking part in outdoor activities. As a result of spending a week undertaking different and challenging outdoor activities, we see increases in:
- connection to one another;
- a culture of perseverance and achievement;
- positive memories connected to a school activity;
…all of which have tangible benefits in the classroom.
There are a number of studies which bear this out; click here for a straightforward summary of one of them.
By now, Students have met with their Exeat groups and teachers, and have gone through their programs as well as what they need to prepare. CareMonkey permissions are also available for parents and guardians if these haven’t yet been approved. The CareMonkey e-form also carries information in PDF format about each camp. If you have any questions about Exeat Week, please contact Exeat Coordinator, Mandy Hennessy, at the College. I wish all students a wonderful Exeat experience in a week’s time, and look forward to getting around to many of the camps to visit.