Year 5 Chilli Challenge Day

This week Year 5 students were involved in the first ever 'Chilli' Challenge Day. The aim of this day was to orientate the students with the school grounds, get to know their peers and experience interactive activities that challenged their thought processes.

Exciting activities throughout the day included: a presentation from Christian Ed Director Stephen Brown, a tent setting-up challenge which followed on from the initial talk, an orienteering activity led by Humanities Director, Rick Geall as well as swimming relays, pool challenges and a newspaper outfit challenge. The day then ended with 'thinking' games run by our the "A Team" of Tony Costa and Jonathan Ryan.

Throughout each activity the students were provided with extra ‘Chilli Challenges’ in order to expand their thinking routines and step outside their comfort zone. This opportunity helped to change their mindset from: ‘I’m not good at this’ to ‘what am I missing.’ or ‘this is too hard’ to ‘this may take some time.’ These experiences will be continued in the classroom, with references back to the day set to be made in the year ahead.  

It was lovely to conclude with a sausage sizzle with the Year 5 parents and families where we could share in the experiences of the day. The students even had their parents complete some ‘challenge' games’ to give them some insight into their day.

Overall, the Chilli Challenge Day set a wonderful platform for the year ahead, assisting both parents and students transition to the Middle School and developing a wonderful sense of community among the students and their families.


Mrs Justine Brame

Year 5 Coordinator


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