Rites of Passage and mentoring in experiential learning. Exploring and celebrating seven years of the Hutchins P9 program

Mr Ken Kingston1

1Hutchins School

Rites of Passage and mentoring young people is becoming increasingly important and along with concepts of positive psychology, is contributing as key components of experiential and outdoor education programs.  Although not a new concept, Rites of passage and celebrating these have changed over time.  In line with the conference theme, I intend to discuss ways in which mentors can design programs and facilitate discussion with young people about the journey to adulthood.  Using the Hutchins Power of 9 program as context I will share our journey from the past as well as what it looks look moving toward the future.


Biography:

Ken has been an educator and psychologist in schools for 25 years.  For the past 8 years, Ken has been the key architect in designing and implementing The Hutchins School Power of 9 program, a term long program all year 9 students participate in.  Prior to this Ken was the Head of Middle School.

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Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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