Learning beyond the classroom is a priority in the Junior School at St Mary’s. Our students are provided with a rich tapestry of incursions, excursions, community service opportunities and camps to develop their skills of collaboration, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, risk-taking, self-regulation and organisational skills.
Our Nature Play Program is an integral and highly valued part of our Early Years learning and development. We encourage each girl to connect with nature in a variety of ways, from participating in our Bush School at Trigg Reserve, to growing and harvesting vegetables.
The many benefits of nature play:
• Enhances cognitive development (Wells, 2000)
• Supports intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development (Kellert, 2005)
• Increases physical activity (Bell and Dyment, 2006)
• Supports creativity and problem-solving (Bell and Dyment, 2006)
• Improves nutrition (Morris and Zidenberg-Cherr, 2002)
Friends of Trigg Bushland Reserve
Recently we have established a community link with the volunteers of Friends of Trigg Bushland Reserve. Our girls work in partnership with the volunteer group to collect rubbish and weed the reserve so this unique section of bushland can be enjoyed by all community members.
Year 4 Mother /Daughter Camp (Term 2: a weekend away)
A camp full of fun and friendship. Mothers and daughters travel to our Metricup property in the Margaret River region for an overnight stay. This allows our girls to familiarise themselves with our amazing camp school before visiting independently in Year 5.
Year 5 Metricup Camp (Term 2 following NAPLAN: three nights)
The Nearer to Nature Program investigates the unique and diverse fauna and flora of our magnificent Metricup property. The girls learn about bush fires and their direct impact on the area.
Year 6 Rottnest Camp (Term 1: three nights)
A ‘Getting to Know Each Other and History of Rottnest’ camp which places emphasis on getting to know one another and building relationships. We stay in Governor’s Circle and participate in a number of exciting activities around the island, including learning about the history of the island, The Amazing Race, art and fun beach activities.