Year 10 Outdoor Adventure Studies Expedition

In the heart of the Boranup Forest Region, from Monday 6th to Friday 10th November 2023, St Mark's Anglican Community School's Year 10 students embarked on an unforgettable Outdoor Adventure Studies Expedition. The expedition was not just an exploration of nature but a profound journey of self-discovery, resilience, and group cohesion.

This immersive expedition was characterised by its unique "journey-based" approach, requiring students to carry their essential equipment throughout the week, moving from one activity to another and camping at different sites along the way. The Boranup Forest provided the perfect backdrop for this adventure, offering diverse landscapes and challenging terrains that tested the students' physical and mental capacity.

The itinerary was carefully crafted to provide a well-rounded outdoor experience. Each group of students participated in two thrilling abseiling sessions (WI16, Wilyabrup Seacliffs, Calgardup Cave), conquering the heights with courage and determination. The expedition also featured two captivating caving experiences (Giants Cave, Lake Cave, Calgardup Cave), offering students the opportunity to explore the subterranean world.

The adventure continued with a bushtucker canoeing tour, a unique blend of outdoor exploration and cultural discovery. Paddling through the serene waters of Margaret River, students learned about the rich flora and fauna of the region while gaining insights into the traditional uses of native plants and local history. The megafauna tour added an extra layer of excitement as students encountered the remnants of ancient giants that once roamed the Australian landscape.

Hiking, an integral part of the expedition, challenged students to traverse varying terrains, fostering a sense of endurance and teamwork. As they navigated through the forest, each step became a testament to their growing resilience and grit. The expedition aimed not only to provide thrilling outdoor experiences but also to push students beyond their comfort zones, fostering personal growth and self-discovery.

What stood out during the expedition was the remarkable display of resilience and grit by each student. Challenges were met with determination, and obstacles were transformed into opportunities for growth. The immersive nature of the expedition facilitated not only individual development but also strengthened the bonds within the groups, creating a sense of unity and cohesion that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.

The Outdoor Adventure Studies Expedition of 2023 will be remembered not just as a week in the forest but as a transformative journey that left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who participated.

Mr Nick Irwin
Head of Outdoor Education

Check out what our students had to say in the 'Student Reflections' video here.