Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Award

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Abraham Lincoln

Year 9 students continued to learn first hand that preparation really does determine success as the entire cohort embarked on their first Duke of Edinburgh overnight adventurous journey.

Students used either the sandy trails of the Surf Coast or the picturesque Johanna Beach National Park in Glenaire as the backdrop for this outdoor learning experience.

Some students covered 35 kilometres over the two days of walking along the, at times, challenging terrain.

Photo: Peter Pearse, Year 9

As is the case with much of the Year 9 curriculum this journey was student-centred and saw several key learnings take place from the controlled mistakes students made.

Environmental awareness; food preparation; camp craft; packing; weight distribution; hydration levels and team dynamics were but a few key takeaways that students will now consider for their student-lead assessment journey in May.

Staff did it tough as well as the entire Year 9 staff were committed to learning alongside our students in a far more rural setting. It is yet another platform for learning in what is an exciting Year 9 curriculum.

Mr David Alexander
Head of Campus, Holy Eucharist

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