The VET Certificate III in Sport and Recreation course is an integral component of the MLMC program. Over the years, the Prefect body has been overrepresented by Sport and Recreation students. This is largely due to the combination of coursework and practical application where students are encouraged to move from being participants to leaders. Key components of this program are delivered in off-campus expeditions, in particular, our camps. Trips such as these meet various units of competency including: organise personal work priorities and development, provide first aid, respond to emergencies, and participate in workplace health and safety.
From Wednesday 3 May to Friday 5 May, the Year 10 VET Sport and Recreation classes enjoyed a hiking camp to the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park. Students from the three Year 10 classes hiked to the Pinnacle and Mount Rosea (elevation 1004m).
During the camp we also reflected on various aspects of the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung people. In choosing the location for our hikes, we try to choose locations that are challenging, beautiful and fit the requirements of distance for the students to cover. We also consider travel time to the area.
The main challenge for the students was being responsible for themselves for the three-day hike. They did all the planning for their meals and had to carry everything they needed for the 35km. Next year they will be leading their peers on a hike camp across the Falls Creek to Mount Hotham crossing.
Importantly, these trips create memories, relationships and skills that last well beyond the trip, the year and even students’ schooling. I would like to thank the staff for volunteering to give up their time, away from family and friends, to allow the students to have these experiences. I know that our students understand and appreciate their sacrifices.
I would also like to thank the students, who were tested physically and mentally and met these challenges head-on.
Two of the Year 10 students write about their camp experience:
My highlight of the hike camp was most definitely making it up to the top of Mount Rosea and being able to catch up with friends. I was able to look out at the view and take in all the nature surrounding me. Camp was a very enjoyable experience and it was great to accomplish this. At times it was tiring but most definitely worth every minute of it. I was able to become a lot closer with my classmates which will make future camps even better.
— Sarah Ivanovic (Year 10 Jade)
My highlight was getting to the top of Mount Rosea where we ate lunch with the other classes and was able to look at the amazing view. I loved seeing the amazing views, getting to know people better and the full camping experience. The only part I disliked was walking for hours on the first day where my feet were aching, and being hungry. Overall camp was fun and I enjoyed experiencing new things.
— Olivia Jenkins (Year 10 Orange)