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Positive Step Forward in Providing Adventure-Based Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Destination Dreaming has welcomed the Victorian Labour Party’s announcement that it will fund a Year 9 experience program should it be re-elected this Saturday.

The provision of experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom is invaluable. Such experiences develop independence, resilience, interpersonal skills and the confidence to persevere in challenging situations.

We are excited by the prospect that Victorian students may now have access to unique outdoor education experiences that are inaccessible within the confines of a classroom.

Destination Dreaming hopes that secondary schools may consider the opportunity to provide a community participation experience for Year 9 students, allowing students to contribute to connect with a community project and explore a diverse culture.

Mountain Creek State High School 2007

Mountain Creek State High School staff and students spent their winter holidays in Fiji with Destination Dreaming, playing rugby and netball with their peers in the South Pacific nation.

The two teams, one rugby and one netball, played matches in Nadi, the Nasouri highlands and on Waya Island. Although the games were an experience of a lifetime, the students described the highlights as the interaction after the games- sharing stories with the locals they had just competed against.

This program was particularly valuable for the rugby boys to gain an appreciation for the culture of the young Fijian men, as many of them play against young Fijians in local Queensland competition.

The program was a wonderful success, and the school now plans to hold the program bi-annually. One of our program staff enjoyed the group so much that he is now working at Mountain Creek!

Photos from the program are now available via this link on Facebook.

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Caloundra State High School 2006

In September 2006, a third group of staff and students from the Caloundra State High School community set out on a Destination Dreaming Cross-Cultural Learning Program.

The program involved spending time in both the highlands of Fiji and on the island of Waya in the Yasawa Islands. The group explored coastal and highland environments, the Fijian language, local food and ceremonies.

An important part of the trip was formalising the relationship between Caloundra State High School and Natutale Primary School. The Principal of Natutale Primary School and Caloundra State High School teacher Tracey Fox signed a formal adoption of a sister school relationship, followed by a kava ceremony and presentation of educational resources members of the Caloundra schooling community had donated.

Some of the highlights for students were: trekking through the mud with local teenagers their own age to visit an ancient cave system, joining local fishermen on a night boat trip to catch food for the following day, and cooking fish over the fire after fishing by a remote swimming hole in the highlands.

To see a selection of program photos, click here to visit the album on Facebook.

Caloundra State High School cultural immersion in Fiji