Start The Climb In Year 11
Term 4, 2016
This is the last term of the calendar year and while there is excitement about the climb ahead, the summer holidays are not far off. The climb to Base Camp 1 involves bedding down good study habits and overcoming the first of the many challenges (school assessment tasks) that lie ahead.
Term 1, 2017
After a long summer our climbers are now already 25% through their journey. This leg of the climb will involve ongoing challenges and the students who were leading the pack to Base Camp 1 are ready and eager to stay at the front. Consistency of effort, not shying away from the important work and remaining focused on the peak will ensure that students are successful through to Base Camp 2.
Term 2, 2017
We encourage students to rest for one week while at Base Camp 2 (April School Holidays) as the climb to Base Camp 3 is a significant step up from the earlier two climbs. This leg of the journey is filled with ongoing challenges as schools rush to complete as much as the syllabus as possible before the Trial Exams. By the conclusion of Term 2, students have completed 75% of their HSC but only 30% of their altitude. Of the four stages of the climb, this stage will be the most demanding, with a seemingly never ending procession of assessment tasks.
Term 3, 2017
By this stage of the climb students can clearly see the peak of Mount HSC. The mirage of schoolies and the long summer break will be imagined frequently. Students will have many distractions (18th birthday parties, formals, sport, graduating from school etc) and our role as coaches becomes keeping students fully motivated and climbing towards the top. By the time we reach the final stages of the climb (Sept/Oct 2016) students still have 50% of the altitude of the mountain to climb in only a four week period. To climb this final stage students need to pull out their ice pick and climbing boots as they combine all of the knowledge and skills they have learnt along the way.
By the end of the HSC students have reached the peak of Mount HSC and are able to reflect on the journey they have made. From the top of Mount HSC, students will see new and more beautiful Mountains (University, travel, successful careers) in the distance. With the skills they have learnt on their way up Mount HSC climbing the next set of mountains will be much easier.