News at the Residential Community
Boarding provides a warm and nurturing educational environment for the boys as they move through their adolescent years. They enjoy the company of their peers and treasure the friendships they develop – friendships that often last a lifetime.
In Terms 1 and 2, Years 7 and 8 boarders have been participating in a programme promoting leadership and self-esteem in teenage boys. It is the second year the Residential Community has run the LAD (Leadership and Development) programme created by the Becoz Project.
A group of young boarders gained a greater appreciation for life on the farm as they took part in the inaugural Years 7 and 8 Boarders’ Farm Stay late last term. The weekend activity followed on from last year’s Years 9 and 10 Weekend in the Wheatbelt.
A team of boarders were among thousands of runners and walkers who took part in the second SIDS and Kids WA Sunshine Beach Run on Sunday. The boys ran 5km along City Beach to help raise funds, greater awareness and support for families who lose children at birth.
Twelve boarders, along with Director of the Residential Community Geoff Guggenheimer and Year 9 and 10 Residential Year Group Co-ordinator David Proudlove, were part of the inaugural ‘Weekend in the Wheatbelt’. The weekend was an opportunity for boys and residential staff to visit three farms in 48 hours at the places boarders call home.
Year 9 boarders are learning skills to help them cope with the psychological and physical challenges in everyday life. The Rock and Water programme, developed in The Netherlands and taught to millions of children around the world, aims to teach boys to deal with power, strength and powerlessness using elements of martial arts.
Year 7 and 8 boarders had an opportunity to enjoy a few home comforts last Friday night when they spent a night at a day boy’s home. Likewise, some day boys had a chance to experience life from inside the Walters Residential Community in the second round of the Day Boy Integration Programme.
Year 7 and 8 boarders and some day students enjoyed fun and games in Fremantle recently as part of the Residential Community’s annual ‘Invite a Day Boy Out’ night. The evening is the first event of the Day Boy Integration Programme – an initiative aimed at strengthening ties between the day and boarding communities.
A team of nine boarders took part in the inaugural SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and Kids WA Sunshine Beach Run held recently. The boys ran 5km in the soft, white sands of City Beach to help raise funds, greater awareness and support for families who lose children at birth.
The number of boarders involved in community sport is on the rise and Director of the Residential Community Geoff Guggenheimer is a huge advocate. He believes participation in sport, outside of school, provides an opportunity for boys to make new friends as well as improving sporting and organisational skills.
Day boys got a glimpse of boarding life last week as part of the Residential Community’s Day Boy Integration Programme - a fun initiative which aims to strengthen ties between the day and boarding communities.
Christ Church’s new Director of the Residential Community Geoff Guggenheimer is ready for the ultimate challenge in pastoral care – looking after 114 boys, 24 hours a day.
Thirty-three new boarders were not the only new additions to the Walters Residential Community this week. Knutsford House, home to Christ Church’s Year 7 and 8 boarders, received a complete refurbishment over the school holidays including a new bathroom, carpets, furniture and paint job.
A fun initiative for Year 6 to 8 boarders is helping to strengthen ties between the day and boarding communities.
During prep time this week, some students from the Residential Community enjoyed exploring the various works on display in the CLC Library.
In what offers a mutually beneficial outcome, Christ Church would like to strengthen the ties between its boarding and day communities.
With fences erected and paving pulled up, the restoration of Christ Church’s historical Knutsford House is obviously underway, but it has taken much time and expertise to get just this far.
The Christ Church Residential Community has been abuzz with visits from two well-known authors in recent weeks.
We make some of our very best friends during our school years and often, that sense of mateship carries us into adulthood.