Googa Program Goals

Grace College wish for students to achieve specific objectives, outcomes and learning experiences at Googa.


In order for the students to aim for these experiences, the programme goals are set out as follows:
       
  1. To give all students the opportunity to:
    • acquire basic information on the nature of their physical and biological environment;
    • acquire an understanding of their dependence on the environment;
    • come to value the Australian countryside.
  2. Acquire basic information and practical skills necessary for successful hiking, camping and bush survival.
    • Develop independent living skills.
    • Develop a sense of initiative, self-esteem, self-confidence and self-reliance based on this knowledge and these skills.
    • Accept and overcome personal challenges.
  3. Realise the need for community service.
    • Develop the ability to co-operate with other students and staff under conditions other than those dictated by the classroom situation.
    • Work as a member of an interdependent community.
    • Develop the ability to use leisure time profitably.
  4. Better integrate their spiritual and temporal life.

SAMPLE LEARNING EXPERIENCES
  • Basic first aid
  • Group initiative games
  • Hiking in groups
  • Cooking and eating in small groups
  • Sharing facilities, rooms and equipment
  • Taking turns at all jobs
  • Relying on others
  • Planning assembly and devotions (in random groups)
  • Daily tasks (in random groups)
  • Helping neighbours and local farmers where possible
  • Caring for hiking country
  • Concerts/Skits
  • Games
  • Simulation games
  • Sing-a-longs
  • Worship times
  • Meditation and prayer
  • Daily devotions
  • Voluntary singing, prayer and praise times
  • Discussions
  • Hiking and camping in the countryside
  • Debriefing challenge activities
  • Living in the country
  • Isolated from:
    • civilisation
    • junk food
    • modern appliances
    • modern communication
    • packaged entertainment Hiking through forestry and across farms
  • Camping with basic / essential facilities
  • Pioneering
  • Visiting farms
  • Environmental awareness activities
  • Bush art
  • Meditation
  • Campfires and Sing-a-longs
  • Caring for a vegetable garden and site beautification
  • Initiative games
  • Orienteering exercises
  • Map and compass use
  • Woodchopping and firelighting
  • Cooking for self and others
  • Handling small animals
  • Challenge Ropes Course
  • Climbing activities
  • Other challenge activities
  • Leading assembly and devotions
  • Involvement in worship services
  • Hiking and camping
  • Building and construction projects
  • Maintenance tasks/Vegetable gardening
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Responding to an emergency