Supported by five adults, the students were split into girls and guy teams, and were required to navigate untracked through a course of approximately 34 km in length. The terrain they experienced was challenging, but at least on this occasion, the bad weather tradition that usually follows these events was broken. According to Secondary teacher, Greg Spencer, the students were required to climb some fairly decent hills, make their way through some savage vegetation and successfully manage some river crossings.
College Principal, Bruce Douglas, along with former College graduate, Travis Dykstra provided support for the boys, and teacher Maria Ackerman, with another former graduate, Danelle Spencer worked with the team of girls. Greg Spencer provided vehicular support and oversaw the event.
‘The highlights included the excellent leadership & group skills shown by the students, particularly the way the students ran the Tyrolean traverse roping exercise to cross the river’, Mr Spencer said.
Upon their return, the students declared that the experience had been wonderful, but that they were very ready to return home for a hot shower and a soft bed.
This event was part of the Stage 1 & Stage 2 Outdoor Education classes at Cornerstone.