Hunter students thrive in Regional Partnership

Eighty-six students recently took part in the Hunter Regional Community Program designed to create new leaders in the community.

Six schools from the Upper and Lower Hunter region participated in the program, Scone High School, Muswellbrook High School, Singleton High School, All Saints College, Maitland High School and Francis Greenway High School.

The program was run in three national parks in the Northern NSW region, Mebbin National Park, Mont Jerusalem National Park and Nightcap National Park. Over the week the students put their limits to the test as they were pushed outside their comfort zones.

The program aims to enable its participants to understand that they direct their future, through their attitudes, choices, beliefs and actions.

The course focused on improving the student’s relationships skills, their own self awareness and self management. The challenges they face help them develop resilience, initiative and responsibility, while being able to appreciate service and the value of doing something for others.

Outward Bound courses provide experiential learning opportunities which aren’t available in the classroom.

"Outward Bound is great for kids to develop confidence, patience, social skills and outdoor skills" Samantha Tulloch, accompanying teacher from Muswellbrook High School said.

St Joseph's Campus of All Saints College documented their Outward Bound journey with a diary and video blog.

Click here to read the blog

This is the 12th consecutive year the Hunter Regional Community program has been run. The 2011 course was made possible with the support of long term partner Coal & Allied, which has committed nearly $220,000 over three years to the program.

Coal & Allied Principal Community Investment Stephen Sneddon said Coal & Allied is committed to helping develop strong and resilient communities in the Hunter, and supports life-long learning opportunities for local young people.

“We are pleased to partner with Outward Bound to provide experiences for students in the Hunter to test their skills such as teamwork, leadership, and problem solving,” Mr Sneddon said.

“The activities that the students participate in are undertaken in an outdoor setting, which also stimulates the children to learn through practical and hands on exercises that they may not necessarily get in the classroom.

“They are enjoyable but challenging and help our local young people develop their self-confidence at school and in life.”

Outward Bound Australia CEO Darren Black said the Hunter Regional Community Program is an example of the results achievable when organisations work together.

“Outward Bound is proud to have been able to make a difference in the Hunter region over the years this program has run.

“The support of Coal & Allied has not only made these courses possible, but made a big difference to the community and the future of the young people who have had the chance to go on course” Mr Black Said.

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