Adventures build resilience

HANG FIVE: Knox Grammar School year 8 boarder Noah Farr catches a wave while on camp with fellow students near Depot Beach on the NSW South Coast. Outdoor education is essential for students.
HANG FIVE: Knox Grammar School year 8 boarder Noah Farr catches a wave while on camp with fellow students near Depot Beach on the NSW South Coast. Outdoor education is essential for students.

Outdoor education is an essential part of every boys' education at Knox

Headmaster Scott James

Snorkelling, surfing, fishing, kayaking and hiking were among the experiences enjoyed by Knox Grammar School Year 8 students on their recent camp near Depot Beach on the NSW South Coast.

The annual camp is designed to challenge the boys physically and mentally in an environment beyond the classroom.

"My favourite activity was definitely the snorkelling," year 8 boarder Lachlan Maslin, of Moree, said.

"We saw so many cool stingrays and sea urchins, and I had never done it before."

During the camp, the boys prepared their own meals using Trangia stoves.

"We cooked some butter chicken with rice," Jack Wilson, of Narromine, said.

"We're not the best cooks but in the end it was pretty good."

The boys went fishing at Racecourse Beach, with several boys catching flathead and one student bringing in a 5 kilogram Australian salmon. "Surfing was a big one for me," Jack said.

"That's something I haven't done before.

"It was fun having a couple of crashes but also getting up on the board a couple of times." The boys also learned about Yuin indigenous culture on a guided walk with a local indigenous elder.

"We met Uncle Les and we did an indigenous walk along the beach," Noah Farr, of Walgett, said. "We headed along the beach and he taught us a lot about indigenous sacred lands.".

For Lachlan, the most challenging part of the camp was the hike.

"We were walking with 20-35kg backpacks across sand and steep hills."

"Outdoor education is an essential part of every boys' education at Knox," headmaster Scott James said.

"When we take the boys off-campus we really do find that it gives them an opportunity to grow and develop as a person, building their leadership and teamwork skills.

"By challenging the boys with new experiences such as surfing, snorkelling and hiking, we find it builds their resilience and gives them the tools to overcome adversity in the future."

Located in Wahroonga on Sydney's North Shore, Knox Grammar School is a leading independent Uniting Church school. Knox Grammar School was founded in 1924.

For more information, phone Martin Gooding on 9473 9768, or or email goodingm@knox.nsw.edu.au.

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