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Friday, April 28th 2017

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Year 12 Outdoor Education Shark Bay Expedition

Last term, the Year 12 ATAR Outdoor Education students attended a week-long expedition sea kayaking in the world heritage listed site, Shark Bay. After weeks of planning and preparation during class, each student was ready to have their turn at providing the group with their expedition leadership skills learnt throughout their years of Outdoor Education at Newman College.

After a 10-hour bus ride and a well-earned sleep under the stars, the students and staff were eager to get on the water. For the next three days, the weather conditions could not have been better. With light offshore winds, clear sky’s, high temperatures, glassy seas and empty islands to ourselves, we were truly treated by mother nature.

The many highlights of the trip included the empty beaches, island hopping and various wildlife including turtles, stingrays, dolphins, sharks and various fish species. However, the best highlight was undoubtable kayaking amongst a pod of roughly 10 dugongs and their calf’s, a rare sight even Sir David Attenborough would be jealous of.

Overall the expedition was conducted in a mature and professional manner by all, with each student presenting their high standards in expedition leadership skills. This expedition will no doubt be in the memories of all the students and staff who attended, and we hope that each student has the itch to revisit this beautiful unique part of the world again.

Click here to see a video from the trip.

Michael van der Heever
Outdoor Education Coordinator

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