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Welcome to Action Learning Initiatives 2017 Newsletter
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Winter 17 – The season that kept on giving!
The Blizzard of Oz…. A winter we will remember for a long time. With more than 10,000 student days on snow this year it was an extraordinary season and with the incredible snowfalls we continued to see a rising trend, with more and more students choosing to give snowboarding a go, under the close supervision of Thredbo’s instructors. The feedback provided by students and staff was overwhelmingly positive, you had a great time, you loved the support on snow before and during lessons and a tasty meal and warm bed at the end of the day made the experience all the more enjoyable. For the majority, a school snow camp is a student’s first time on skis or a snowboard, and we hope it won’t be the last. If you’re a teacher considering a snowsports program you may be interested to know there have been staff at Thredbo whose first experience on snow was on a snowsports camp with ALI,igniting a passion, and they now work in the ski fields, enjoying back to back winter seasons here and across the globe. They are sharing this passion as instructors with the next group of primary and high schools students coming through. It really does remind us that the opportunities presented to our young people can have a powerful and lasting impact so let’s keep outdoor experiences high on the agenda
“More than just ski trip”
Charity organisation Challenge Trust funded a student expedition to Andora earlier this year, and findings from the program highlighted the positive impact an outdoor experience has on students and teaching staff, as the expedition developed relationships between the group that under normal classroom interaction would not have occurred. Student’s demonstrated to staff their individual skills, resilience and determination with teacher’s responding with a greater understanding and confidence in the student’s ability within the classroom once they returned. The significance of learning outside the classroom has benefited the students on this expedition with improvements recognised both personally and academically. If you are interested in learning more about the advantages of developing relationships within the school community, though outdoor education experiences, we recommend you look at the following link https://youtu.be/d6BRTvdzHJg
In its second year, the Byadbo Expedition proved to be a challenging and rewarding experience for 195 Year 10 students visiting from Marist Canberra. The 10-day journey has been designed to challenge the students in order to grow their resilience as individuals, bond them as a year group and encourage a sense of learning and care for the environment. To achieve this the program involves; Trekking through the seldom visited Byadbo wilderness, progressing their camp craft and wilderness survival skills, undertaking Community Service, through partnership with the Kosciusko Hut Association (KHA), progress their skills in moving water, spending 3 days on the iconic Snowy River paddling white-water in both raft and canoe and be a part of storytelling around the local Indigenous history of the area. This program has been designed with school leaders and is an integral part of the Outdoor Education experience provided to their students, requiring them to draw on the hard and soft skills they have developed on previous OE programs. It is an incredible journey of discovery through some amazing country.
ALI partners with NPWS and TAFE NSW offering Cert 2 for young Aboriginal people interested in pursuing a career in tourism or outdoor education
ALI has partnered with NPWS and TAFE NSW in an exciting initiative, providing Certificate 2 training in Outdoor Recreation to young Aboriginal adults with an interest in pursuing a career in the outdoor education industry. ALI and TAFE trainers will mentor course participants, developing skills in wilderness survival and campcraft, respecting and upholding cultural beliefs throughout the training. If you know a young Aboriginal adult aged 17-25 years with an interest in outdoor education, outdoor recreation/guiding or tourism get them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New Giant Talons – Nov 2017
School and community groups have continued to enjoy access to Bungarra’s extensive network of mountain biking trails, offering plenty of diverse terrain and single-track riding. Summer programs for school groups see mountain biking as a must do in their rotation of activities whilst on camp. With groups split according to ability it enables students to advance at their own pace, some are new to riding and others experienced, seeking specialised technical advice and instruction to further develop their skills. With National Parks continuing to cut in new tracks on the Thredbo Valley Trail, we are offering extended MTB programs for schools including Bungarra and TVT, throw in some camping and it doesn’t get much better than this. And to get everyone more excited about riding ALI has invested in a new fleet of Giant “Talon’s”, 75 of them, with 27.5-inch wheels and front suspension for tackling the tracks onsite. Plus, a balance bike has now been added to the fleet for young people new to riding to assist with their first experience. A special thanks to Nick and Marty at local bike shop “Sacred Ride” for their expertise and assistance with the purchase.p>
Hope Street Fundraiser 2018
TO THE TOP is a fundraising event taking place in the NSW Snowy Mountains next March and well worth being a part of. It’s a challenging and rewarding event, to be completed by either Riding, Hiking or Driving to the Top of Kosciuszko National Park, raising funds and awareness for community service programs catering to people living with disadvantage and homelessness. Hope Street is a not for profit charity and ALI is very excited to be assisting with accommodation,guiding and meals during the event. For further information and registration details go to http://tothetop2018.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home
Welcome to the team
We are delighted to welcome Rosalie Brooke to our office team. Rosalie is taking up the position of Office Administrator and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Rosalie is currently learning the ropes with Patricia, who is leaving to enjoy some R&R before the birth of her first child. Patricia has done a fabulous job this winter running the office and we wish her all the very best with her family and look forward to meeting the new addition to her family early in the new year.
Thanks for a great year and Merry Xmas
From all the team at ALI we would like to say thanks to everyone that visited this year. We hade a great time sharing the mountains with you and we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. All the best for 2018, may it be a year of great opportunities and plenty of outdoor experiences!
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