Year 9 students completed their qualifying hike this week in the stunning surroundings of the coastal walk from Cronulla to Otford.
There was a bit of anxiety around this hike with some memories of steep hills and sore feet when completing the practice hike earlier this year. Getting
the ferry in the pouring rain over to Bundeena didn’t help! By the time we had completed the crossing the rain had stopped and the first group set
off. This time I hiked with the second group and have now had the privilege of hiking with most of the hikers from this set of students. The spectacular
views just kept coming; I really wished I had Mrs Kilby and her camera with me.
The students took their turn at leading the group and I was really pleased with how these students were leading and caring for each other by setting a
pace appropriate for all members of the group. Camping overnight was COLD and we had some very keen walkers the next morning ready to get going and
warm up. By the top of the first hill we were all stopping to shed layers.
The final part of the hike involved assessments by the Collaroy Centre to ensure our students were competent in their navigation skills. We then
had a steady stroll back to Otford station where we all piled back on the train home. Tired legs and achy shoulders were evident but everyone was still
smiling at their achievements.
Well done everyone and thanks most of all to our generous God for this beautiful country that we live in.
Mrs Ilana Shaw