It was an early start for all on Tuesday morning, students gathered at the Dumabudla Centre to meet their instructors, pack their backpacks and get organized for a five days away together exploring the beauty of Umbawarra Gorge and Jindare Station a short 200km south of Darwin.
Groups were dropped off at various starting points eager to start their adventures! This action packed program saw students participating in a range of activities. This was a self-propelled journey, where students covered over 50km on self-propelled travel on mountain bikes and on foot. Many students were witnessed extending their comfort zones, challenging themselves through rock-climbing and abseiling.
The natural beauty of this area was appreciated as groups spent time exploring gorges, caves and hidden water holes. Groups stepped up to the challenge and took responsibility for off-track navigation through dry creek beds and bushland. After the day's activities students made camp, they were able to cool off and wash off the dust with a swim in nearby water holes. For those keen for a challenge...there was plenty of rock jumping!
The first week of the Year 9 Experiential Learning Program was a great success, students arrived back in Darwin Saturday August 9th dusty and tired, but with smiles on their faces and many stories to share. The Outdoor Education Department is prepping for another week out with Year 9s and we're looking forward to another great five days where students can explore their natural environment, get to know one another outside of the classroom and challenge themselves through this experiential learning program.
Thanks for your participation and continuing support!
This week I have pushed myself to do things that I thought I would never have done, I experienced things I would never have come across before. Each day I felt more confident in the bush and was able to push myself further. I became more aware of the affect we have on the environment and how fast we are destroying it, being on camp has taught me how to better look after the environment. I was given the opportunity to improve my teamwork skills because I met and had a great time bonding with the boarding students. | Courtney McCabe
The experience at Umbawarra has helped me learn new things and has helped me overcome some of my fears. The Outdoor Education staff helped us all gain a better understanding of nature and the importance of the environment we live in. I was able to get to know and spend time with new people and camp provided so many opportunities to work and function together as a team. | Madison Barr
Camp was great! I now have a better understanding of the environment and the importance of looking after our surroundings. I improved my communication skills and was given the opportunity to work as a team. This experience enabled me to share more ideas than I would in class. | Tamika