The Grade 9 Outdoor Ed trip that usually kicks off the new school year went virtual this year, with Alive Outdoors running a two-day program called Connectival.
The boys were put into small cohorts, working together as a team to fulfill challenges and missions. The goal was to connect students to each other and the RSGC community.
Jeff Enfield, who runs the College’s Outdoor Ed programming, said the program went extremely well.
“Obviously it couldn’t be the same as camp, but if you don’t compare it to that, it worked like a charm,” said Mr. Enfield. “The boys were still able to work as a team and we still had Grade 12 leaders, which allowed the younger boys to befriend an older boy – much more difficult now that we’re in separate cohorts.”
Grade 12 student Paolo Bizzarri, who has previously acted as a leader on several outdoor ed trips, enjoyed his experience as a Connectival leader and continues to love his role as a leader despite the drastic change.
“I love interacting with the younger kids. The Grade 9s look up to the leaders and I take that responsibility very seriously,” said Paolo. “The outdoor ed leader sets the tone for how these boys are going to experience the rest of the year. I want them to be excited and fully immersed in the community. I want to show them what it means to be a Georgian and help shape them to be their best self.”
New student Jack Hulford, Grade 9, enjoyed Connectival and thought it was a great way to meet people.
“I thought it was a fun way to get to know my classmates,” said Jack. “It used teamwork and made us reach out and be social with our classmates, which was a cool way to get to know each other.”
Royal St. George's College is an independent school for boys located in The Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school admits boys from Grades 3 through 12. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each of our students to become the best version of himself.