Students Venture to Donovans on first external excursion since COVID-19

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, the Year 9 & 10 Outdoor Education (South East Discovery) classes have been able to get out of the school grounds to participate in a 2-day canoeing program.

The students have been preparing for the program throughout the semester by studying navigation techniques, weather forecasting, and journey planning. Students learned basic safety and communication requirements before launching on the Valley Lake to focus on specific strokes, skills, and rescue techniques in canoes on Day 1. This was in preparation for Day 2 where students were able to apply their skills by launching from Donovan’s Landing to journey along the Glenelg River to the Victorian border and back. For some students this was an opportunity to continue to develop and refine their skills on the water, while for others it was their first time in a canoe. All of the students had opportunity to engage in a local adventure activity as a way of exploring themselves and nature, develop a deeper appreciation for codes of conduct in outdoor activities, and expand their own personal and social awareness amongst the outdoors.

Nigel O’Reilley | Teacher