From near and far to LiR
Learning in Residence (LiR) is now a well-established piece of the Glen Waverley campus jigsaw, and new Deputy Head of LiR, Alexandra Thompson, is thrilled to be part of it. ‘Throughout my years of teaching at Wesley College, I have always known the LiR to be a positive, progressive and inclusive environment,’ she says.
One of the key benefits that comes with residential learning at Wesley is the Residential Curriculum program, which provides opportunities for students to develop their whole self, encourages student leadership, and best of all, helps make lifelong friendships. ‘Our students enthusiastically engage in the extensive program,’ says Alexandra. ‘The popular after school and weekend activities include fitness classes, wellbeing activities, pottery workshops, magic shows, an Amazing Race around the CBD, movie nights, ice skating, karaoke, a learn to drive program and go-karting.’
She’s enjoying getting to know the varied group of students, 20 of whom are new to Wesley this year. ‘Our student cohort comprises a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds, originating from Victoria, interstate and overseas,’ she says.
Let’s meet two of them…
Jethro Shum comes from Hong Kong and moved to Wesley to further his studies. ‘My family enrolled me into the LiR as they wanted me to develop my independence and academic achievements,’ he says. ‘I am grateful for the experiences that LiR affords me and when I look back at my schooling, I know this is something I will always remember and cherish.’
Brooke Marshall is from Traralgon, Gippsland. ‘LiR welcomed me with open arms as did the Wesley College tennis community,’ she says. ‘The tennis program Wesley offers was one of the main reasons I chose to move away from home. Not only has it given me the opportunity to make new friends and connections, but I feel as if my entire game has changed for the better. One of the perks of living on campus is that you have everything you need where you are. I find that I have more time to balance everything; school, sport and friends, while still having plenty of downtime.’
Community Dinner face painting competition L-R Julie Atkins (Mentor), Lara Rees, Cunzhen Yang (Mentor), Wes Vogels, Luka Simic
Getting creative in the pottery workshop: Mia Chabaud (L) and Isabelle Shoebridge
L-R Coby Burgiel, Will Sands-Morris and Nico Tremblay having some ice skating fun