Last weekend our Comms Coordinator Lucy joined Box Hill High School on their Silver Practice Journey to Cathedral Ranges….

WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE to say the least and what an AMAZING group of young, enthusiastic and determined Duke of Ed students! We were definitely pushed out of our comfort zones hiking each day with up to 25kg in our backpacks however the incredible views once we reached the peak of the Cathedrals and Sugarloaf Mountain made it all worthwhile.

Special mention to year 9 student Nick who was afraid of heights but didn’t let his fears stop him from rock climbing up the cliff face – seriously a top achievement! There were drops of over 200 metres below us but everyone rose to the challenge showing real bravery and determination!

Other highlights included: playing countless Duke of Ed games around the camp fire at night, Perudo, watching Luke almost fall over when Mr Jellinek scared him with a very built-up freaky story, the sense of achievement when reaching the peak of Sugarloaf, aaaand of course the epic mud fight on the last day to end what was an unreal Duke of Ed experience!

A big thanks to the awesome Award Leaders at Box Hill too – Mr Jellinek and Mr (Hammers!) Hamley. You guys set a great example and your ability to develop teamwork and motivate students will continue to improve and expand the Duke of Ed program at Box Hill in years to come.

Mr Jellinek is also a Finalist for the Innovation Award in this year’s Excellence and Innovation Awards with the Winners being presented at the Gold Award Gala. You can read more here!

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