The great Outdoors were explored by our year 11 Outdoor Education classes in Term 3 Week 10 and Term 4 Week 1. Students were challenged to push beyond their comfort zones in a range of disciplines.
For some, the highlight was the Mountain biking at ‘The Pines’ trailhead and along the Wandandi Track in Margaret River, for others, it was abseiling at the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs and night abseiling into Calgardup Cave. The latter is something that can only be done with qualified instructors who are able to obtain permits and will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the students.
While the hike was a challenge for some, particularly with the weight of a hiking pack, many students appreciated the experience in reflection. The space and time to connect with their peers along the way, observing the amazing landscapes our southwest coast has to offer along with the sense of achievement that comes from enduring a challenge and coming out the other side successfully together are just a few of the things that will be remembered for some time to come.
Surfing in Margaret River was a fantastic way to start and finish our week and we couldn’t have asked for better instructors for our introductory session in the water. Fully kitted with wetsuits and beginner board most of our students were able to experience the thrill that comes from standing up and catching their first wave!
Thanks to staff Rory Najjar and Carla Swayn for their efforts in making this expedition the success it was. It was a fantastic way to culminate a year of learning and group development with our classes and look forward to hearing how our students use the skills that they have been equipped with in any future adventures they may pursue.
Miss Karina Podmore
Outdoor Education Coordinator