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A journey back to nature

(L-R) Year 8EB students Angus Russo and Jake Soddu go fishing at Lochend

Outdoor Education programs are back in full swing, giving students the much needed connection to nature and to each other outside of the classroom. As students from Years 4 to 8 have experienced so far this year, there’s nothing like the fresh smell of a eucalyptus forest or the feeling of cool, salty air on your skin to dust off the cobwebs and make you feel alive again.

Our students are exploring the landscapes of Chum Creek, Mallana and Lochend this year with renewed enthusiasm and wonder. Some with a sense of nerves as they experience being away from home and being surrounded by their peers for the first time in a while. Some with excitement that buoy others within the group to try something new or be more involved. Overall, there’s a sense of achievement experienced by all students, and the impact this has on them can be profound. Here are some wonderful reflections from students this year, showing the impact that Outdoor Education can have on developing each individual beyond the classroom.

Year studentsYear 4PP Glen Waverley students enjoy cooking marshmallows on a campfire at Chum Creek

Year 6C St Kilda Road student Lucy Rozenes: ‘At Camp Mallana, I learnt a few things by watching and doing, including setting up a tent, using flint and steel to light a fire, cooking food, keeping warm in a sleeping bag and using a Trangia to prepare a meal. It’s very important to try, even if you don’t get it on your first attempt. Also, listen to advice from peers and teachers because you never know if it will work or not. The best way to learn is to try new things.’

Year 8C Elsternwick student Ananya Ramasubramanian: ‘Lochend has been an amazing experience that has allowed me to open my mind and get involved in things I never thought I would be able to do. I loved how Lochend allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and form friendships with people I never thought I would.’

May you all find some time to journey through nature, to rejuvenate your souls and remind you of your place in this world.

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