Year 12 Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies - Bogong High Plains Adventure

Last week the Year 12 Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies classes were blessed to visit the Bogong High Plains as part of the practical element of their Unit 4 studies. 

Experiences like these allow students to make real-world connections with the issues discussed in the classroom as well as helping to build resilience, teamwork and an appreciation for the unique Australian alpine environment. Being prepared for all conditions is essential when entering the Australian Alps, conditions (especially in winter) can deteriorate and change unexpectedly, and this year was no exception.

Over the three days, camping and skiing in the area the group dealt with over 50cm of fresh snow, 25cm of that snow falling throughout their first snow camping experience. Every student embraced this challenge with a positive attitude and managed to find that extra grit and determination when the going got tough. Students learnt first-hand why staff had made such a fuss about appropriate clothing and equipment, and were thankful for their thorough preparation in the adverse conditions. 

There were many highlights of the experience, however, two that standout were the expertise of the staff and the teamwork displayed by the students. I would like to acknowledge David Evans, Holly Randall, Rebecca Fischer and especially Matt Bourke for their sound decision-making, diligent care of the students and constant infectious enthusiasm. I feel especially privileged to be working with staff of such high calibre.

Matt Bourke, who graduated from Christian College in 2014, has been gaining experience group leading with the College and was exceptional in ensuring everyone slept well. He was clearing snow from tents on several occasions throughout the night. It was also very pleasing to see the Year 12s working together preparing the camp, constantly encouraging and helping each other out of the deep fresh snow.

They should all be extremely proud of the care, compassion and collaboration they displayed towards each other, especially during the challenging moments. Their actions were a true reflection of the fine young men and women they are. 

Mr Cassidy Hurrell and Mr David Evans

Year 12 Outdoor Education Teachers

 

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