I would like to wish all of our families a happy and well-deserved long weekend. It has been a very busy term and the students have been incredibly active and involved in the life of our School.
Last week I was fortunate to do the walk in to Tali Karng with a group of Year 9 students. As I mentioned this time last year, the Tali Karng walk tests my physical and mental resilience much more than my young and very fit walking buddies. The boys and girls I walked with had no issues with the Valley of Destruction or Gilleo’s Track and they all walked across the finish line on Friday with huge smiles and a magnificent sense of satisfaction.
At the risk of repeating myself, the students were great company. I enjoyed their sense of humour, their care for each other and their care for me, as I struggled up hills with 24kg on my back. They were comfortable in the bush, had a great sense of positivity and they were accomplished with their camp craft. After participating in three years of Outdoor Education at Gippsland Grammar, all the students were able to maintain a very healthy level of comfort. In particular, I am grateful for the wonderful meals that were prepared each night. The weather for our walk was near perfect and the Victorian high country was stunning.
Whilst this is one of the most difficult and challenging tasks that I undertake each year, it is also one of the most rewarding and satisfying. Like the students, I feel great satisfaction as I cross the finish line. As I get older, I value these opportunities more each year!