Outdoor Education Self Reliant Journey
In Week 6 of Term 3, the Stage 2 Outdoor Education students undertook their Self Reliant Journey. It is the first time Darwin High students have walked the loop from Jim Jim to Twin Falls in Kakadu National Park. It turned out to be a very tough walk. Students walked an average of 20km per day off track through difficult terrain.
The self-reliant journey is the culmination of the Outdoor Education Program with the students putting into practice all the learning they have done throughout Stage 1 and 2. They lead the trip, including taking responsibility for team dynamics and risk and environmental management, and they do all of the navigation. This year’s team demonstrated exceptional outdoor leadership skills, pushing each other to their limits and supporting each other when things got tough.
Everyone was conscious of the fact that they were in one of the most remote parts of Kakadu. The group had the spectacular scenery and some spine tingling rock art sites all to ourselves. One student was a little surprised when a low flying helicopter, probably doing a scenic flight, interrupted his morning ablutions - the tourists got more than they bargained for – they probably have grounds for requesting a refund!
Congratulations to the Stage 2 class and their teachers on a fantastic effort.