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Peace Lutheran College is now offering Year 10 students the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Millions of young people worldwide participate in this internationally recognised award that is looked upon fondly by prospective employees and universities alike.
Recently, the government recognised the importance of the scheme by awarding one point towards a students QCE upon completion of the course.
The course comprises of 4 components. 3 of these components require the students to undertake a skill, sport and community service. Then comes the fun bit; an adventurous journey where the students must be self sufficient on a hike for two days, covering 25km.
The Year 10 Camp is an excellent opportunity for students to engage with one another in an outdoor and unconventional setting. Students travel to Ravenshoe, Mount Surprise and Einasleigh to be immersed in the “Australian Outback”. Here, they experience a wide variety of activities that are different from their everyday lives that allow them to learn about new environments and themselves.
Some of the activities include:
Visiting a Cattle Station: mustering, working dogs, whip cracking and a chance to get up close to the working animals on the property.
A quick visit to the one-teacher school at Mount Surprise to see what across-year schooling is like.
Explore Kalkani Crater and Undarra Lava Tubes
A ride on the Savannahlander Train to Einasleigh and a chance to look at this small town and visit Copperfield Gorge.
A bucket wash in the hope of striking it rich at the Mount Surprise Gem Grounds.
The Year 11 Leadership Camp is held each year in October in the Tully hinterland area. Plenty of fun is experienced while students bond in outdoor activities such as an army style obstacle course, swimming, archery, team building, rogaining, low ropes and camp activities. The camp allows students to show leadership and reflect on leadership styles. The process of electing new Senior Captains begins during this camp where suitable students are nominated by their peers to run for School Captain and Leadership Team positions.
The Year 12 Leadership Retreat is held at the beginning of Term 1 each year at the Active Recreation Centre at Lake Tinaroo.
The retreat focuses on bringing the senior students together as a team and demonstrate their ability to achieve results through strong leadership, teamwork and cooperation through an outdoor educational program. We utilise the facilities and services of fully qualified instructors with the highest standards of safety.
Students participate in a range of activities including the High Ropes Course, canoeing, raft building, initiative games and trivia nights. The focus is on 'having a go' and improving teamwork skills that will be useful for the year ahead.