Understanding Self Through Experiential Learning

Year 9 at Tenison Woods College is a significant year for our adolescent students.

Moving from the Gilap Wanga Learning Community into the Thomas Ryan Building invites an environment of independence and academic challenge.

With more time dedicated to selected specialist offerings, students begin to open their horizons for what their Senior Schooling pathway will be. Through the 9SHINE program, the students engage with the Resilience Project to explore their own identities and develop lifelong skills. This is just one example of our focus and commitment to student wellbeing.

The 9SHINE program concludes with a 6 day/5 night outdoor experience on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula. The camp achieves its goals through the principle of experiential learning. Students participate in a wide range of outdoor activities such as kayaking, surfing and mountain biking. Throughout this experience students are encouraged to challenge themselves with individual and group focuses that have been identified throughout the year. Students are required to apply their year-long learning to set themselves up for a dynamic experience. It is important to recognise that students will be pushed to step out of their comfort zone, however with this, supporting staff and peers will provide guidance in achieving personal milestones.

To access the Year 9 Curriculum Handbook please click here.

For further information about the Year 9SHINE Program, contact Year 9 Wellbeing Coordinator, Brad Maney.



Tenison Woods College respectfully acknowledges the Boandik people are the First Nations people of the Mount Gambier South Eastern region of South Australia and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present and emerging.