Senior Students from Cornerstone Christian College have participated in some strenuous activities over the past week.
The Year 11/12 Outdoor Ed students have put their leadership skills to the test by organising and running a hike for the College’s Year 10 Red Cross Cadets. As part of their course, the students were responsible for organising all elements of the trek. After a cold wet overnight camp and many kilometres under their belt they were met by other Red Cross Cadets from the College for a High Ropes course.
According to one of the supervising teachers, Miss Jo Needham, the organising students did a remarkable job.
”The Outdoor Ed students did an absolutely fantastic job and the hike was an enormous success”.
The High Ropes experience at the end of the hike was part of the Red Cross Cadets planned activities for this term, and enabled students to put their roping skills into practice.
The participants were able to experience the challenge of walking across tight ropes, logs, tyres and other obstacles whilst suspended in the air. The students were divided into groups of three, which provided an opportunity for team work and support. One student would be suspended up on the course and the other two team members would remain on the ground, acting as anchors (otherwise known as belays). The suspended student would then negotiate a series of elements that were 10 to 12 metres above the ground. The objective of this activitiy was to develop trust between the participants who rely heavily on each other for their safety.
Jo Needham said; ”Students were incredibly supportive of one another, particularly the students who were not confident being so far off the ground.”
The Red Cross Cadets group at Cornerstone is the only one that operates within a school curriculum and a number of other exciting activities remain on the calendar in the coming months. Senior cadets will obtain their Marine Skippers Licence, perform community service activities and complete the year with an adventure race at Meelup.