ChallengeDay - Copperfield College

Year 9 Challenge Day

Challenge Day is an innovative program that encourages students to learn independently and in teams. The curriculum enables classes to get out of the school environment more often and learn through experience.

Challenge Day runs every Friday during which students participate in two periods of SOSE, One Physical Education and One Health. There are many excursions throughout the semester that relate to SOSE, P.E and Health thus allowing students to observe, participate and evaluate outside the classroom. In this subject each student will have the opportunity to earn their Fist Aid Certificate and participate in a structured self defence program. 

The SOSE and P.E staff work together and team teach the class to provide a unique program and encourage their classes to engage in a range of physical challenges and experiences. Physical Challenges can include mountain biking in the You Yangs, surfing at Torquay, horse riding, ice skating, indoor rock climbing, sailing, kick boxing and gymnastics to name but a few. When at school students participate in a variety of team challenge activities building leadership, trust, team work and thought processes. 

As a part of the Community Project students research, plan and implement a program that benefits others in their community. This sometimes involves fundraising for charities but can also include the sharing of knowledge and skills or conducting lunchtime activities.

 The City Links portion of the curriculum is one that most students engage in. Each group formulates a hypothesis and then plan and implement an independent research project based on their theory. Most classes visit the city three or four times and students are able to work as independent groups and gather their own data.

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