Katitjin is a term-long experiential education program, unique to Wesley. ‘Katitjin’ is a Nyoongar term meaning ‘to listen and to learn’. For one term in Year 8, students are taken away from the traditional classroom into a range of challenging and inspirational environments, to explore self-awareness, team dynamics and community.
The program is conducted primarily in the Perth CBD, based at the West Australian Rowing Club. Students are encouraged to:
- Develop and nurture an understanding of self and leadership skills;
- Develop team dynamics through a variety of challenges;
- Engender greater engagement and commitment to the pursuit of learning;
- Develop an outward-looking focus through experiences linked to community service;
- Apply knowledge and skills to a real-life context.
Katitjin incorporates a series of project-based learning initiatives, incorporating themes such as social justice and outdoor education experiences, which continue to integrate all key learning areas of the curriculum.
This innovative program aims to challenge and extend students and take them outside their comfort zones within a supportive environment. Katitjin is staffed by two specialist teachers, with added expertise contributed from the Middle School tutor teachers. Ongoing research indicates there are a range of significant benefits to students after completing a term of Katitjin.