Solo and community challenge

Year 9 Sea Change in the Surf

On Sunday 20 August, 18 Year 9 Sea Change students flew out of Melbourne, and out of their comfort zones, for a week of activities on the mid-north coast of NSW. It may sound idyllic – perfect late-winter weather, migrating whales, dolphin pods and an abundance of bird life – but, in between some great surf breaks, the boys were challenged in many ways.

Before leaving Melbourne, the boys had had to buy all their food and they were responsible for cooking their own meals. Other than surfing, activities included mountain biking, sea kayaking, a Tough Mudder-style run and a team rogaine (competitive orienteering). The boys also spent a night out solo in an improvised hutchie.

Throughout the week, the boys had to think independently and their resilience was called upon. They learnt about themselves – how they respond to challenge and how they overcome difficulties. And they learnt about their peers, how to support one another and how to live as a small community. There was time for reflective conversations on the beach and around the camp. They gained perspective on their place in the world.