The Year 9s were looking forward to their Exmouth Adventure more than ever this year, well aware that this was a privilege not able to be enjoyed by many groups in this year of COVID restrictions.
Hale’s flagship Exmouth Adventure is the culmination of our Outdoor Education programme. Under even stricter conditions than normal this year, the Year 9s headed north in small groups for 11 days to take on personal challenges including hiking Cape Range, kayaking on Ningaloo Reef, abseiling and camping in the great outdoors.
One group, the Frontier Group, is selected each year for a longer stay (two weeks) to trial new initiatives that can be included in the planned extended Exmouth programme for all Year 9 students. These 2020 initiatives included a research project with the Department of Parks and Wildlife monitoring porites (coral) bommies along the Ningaloo Reef (continuing from 2019); a stay at Bullara Station learning about both the cattle and tourism side of small business; and many in situ lessons on tides, astronomy, Aboriginal history, mangroves, maritime history, currents, cooking and more.
“I am confident that every boy found some aspects of the trip challenging but has also come away from the experience with many amazing memories,” said Frontier Group Coordinator, Katie Feutrill.
The Exmouth experience continues to be a pivotal moment in any Hale boy’s journey. The value of Outdoor Education and experiential learning is not to be underestimated. The cross-curricular real-world projects being developed in partnership with other agencies in the Cape Range region are very exciting and inspiring for all future Year 9 students.