Googa Outdoor Education Centre
Outdoor Educational Camps are an integral part of the school program and are not optional activities.
2013/2014 Googa Dates:
Year 10 Outdoor Education
Grace Lutheran College (Rothwell), Grace Lutheran Primary School (Clontarf) and Good Shepherd Lutheran College (Noosaville) own Googa, an Outdoor Education centre and Christian retreat.
Googa is situated 9 kms from Blackbutt and was a former forestry camp.
Year 10 groups spend four weeks at Googa undertaking an outdoor education programme under the direction of the Director of Googa, Mr Brad Teakle and staff.
The main goals of the outdoor education programme are:
• To develop in participants an understanding of man’s relationship with the physical and biological aspects of God’s creation as expressed in the Australian countryside.
• To promote initiative and self-reliance in students by presenting a challenge beyond that presented in the usual academic and sporting areas of the school.
• To increase the opportunity for participants to develop a sense of co-operation, interdependence and community spirit and to encourage self-expression.
• To deepen the participants’ spiritual life and to encourage interest in the work of the schools and the church.
• To recognize personal and group boundaries.
Six groups will spend four weeks at Googa undertaking an outdoor education programme under the direction of the Director of Googa, Mr Brad Teakle, and his staff. Four groups go to Googa in their House groups and Caboolture Year 10 students go in one group together. One group goes over the Easter period, having their week break at the beginning of Term II. A smaller composite group goes at the end of Semester II in Year 9.
Sample Four Week Programme
Week 1 The major focus of the first week is to begin building ‘the Googa’ community. Students are involved in a variety of group initiatives, projects and other activities to assist with the process of establishing a cohesive working community. Students settle into the responsibility of managing their working and living conditions and are involved in many decision making processes. During this time, students also participate in community service with local landowners in an attempt to convey our gratitude for the unlimited access we have to their land. Some jobs include chipping bur, picking corn, removing fences or helping to brand cattle. Towards the end of the first week, students start preparing their navigation skills and participate in an orienteering activity.
During this week, night activities continue to foster team responsibility and also focus on emergency procedures and strategies to be used throughout the Googa experience.
Week 2 & 3 Over the course of the next two weeks, students will be involved in pioneering, hiking and high adventure activities. The pioneering experience is designed to give the students an appreciation of the very basic, simple living style of the early settlers to this area. Emphasis is on group cooperation and personal responsibility in a bush setting. Through the hiking program, students learn many new skills such as menu planning for bush cooking, navigation, managing first aid requirements, sustainable environmental practices to respect the use of private land and an appreciation of simple luxuries like comfortable warm beds! Visitors’ day is generally held at the end of Week 3 and students look forward to sharing their experiences and achievements with their parents.
Week 4 During the last week of Googa, students are given the opportunity to reflect on their experiences through an overnight solo activity. During this week, they also participate in final high adventure activities such as the high ropes or tree climb. Special evening events this week include a large bonfire, a hungi meal prepared by staff and the viewing of the class video as a final overview of their Googa experience.
On a daily basis, students are responsible for the maintenance of the camp and participate in a variety of jobs to ensure the smooth running of each day. Some of these activities include feeding animals, preparing food for students, preparing devotions, cleaning living areas, chopping wood, washing clothes, journal and letter writing and some free time.
At all times the emphasis is on community living, students making their own entertainment, doing as much as possible for themselves and being responsible for their own actions.