Findon High School is extremely proud to have been a member of the Ice Factor program since 2013 after it was established in 2005. The aim of the program is to assist schools in keeping students engaged through learning new skills in an unfamiliar environment. Ice Factor provides these students with a focus through which they can develop vocational and life skills in a team.
These ‘Life Skills’ are developed around the formation of an Ice Hockey team and are discussed in a concise university-tutorial style class at the beginning of each training session. These skills are then reinforced and applied during the ice training sessions, and then recapped in a short wrap-up lesson at the end of training. Life Skills lessons include student orientated discussions around their personal development of leadership, team work, respect, humility, perseverance and ambition.
By introducing students to a new situation like Ice Hockey they have something unique to add to their skill set, and are also on equal ground with one another with this new skill. This situation allows them to foster the development of the skills taught in the lessons, and allows them the opportunity to encourage each other through the complexities of learning to skate, pass, shoot, and other Ice Hockey skills.
While there is a considerable emphasis on teaching the skills of Ice Hockey, students are also given tasks to help in the development of their literacy and numeracy skills. Tasks such as team management, keeping statistics, writing newsletter articles, fundraising, and developing promotional material are designed to teach students vocational skills, while also adding to the sustainability of the program.
At Findon, we are now giving students the opportunity to earn Ice Factor SACE credits. The introduction of Stage 1 Integrated Learning enables students to reflect on their involvement in the program through journal writing, goal setting, weekly trainings and a tournament reflection; completion of these tasks grants each student with 10 SACE credits. This is an advantage for our students as it takes pressure off them going into Year 11 and 12 knowing they have a head start.
At the conclusion of each term the Ice Factor and Ice Arena host a tournament for our participating schools, called the Challenge Cup. During this event the skills taught during the on ice training and Life Skills lessons are applied in a practical environment, demonstrating to each student how the skills learnt in Ice Factor can benefit them in their school, personal and work lives.