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Scotch Oakburn College
has continued its
program on Flinders Island,
running a day of rock
climbing activities for local
students during the Term 3
holidays in October.
The education outdoors focus follows on from
the three-day art program the College ran on
the Island in 2015.
Seventeen Scotch Oakburn Outdoor
Education students and four staff travelled
to Flinders Island as part of the TCE course
for a multi-day adventure program based
out of Killiecrankie, utilising the shack of the
Grimshaw family (current students Harriet Year
8 and Hector Year 9) for a few home comforts.
Departing from Launceston on Sharp Airlines,
most students were on their first trip to the
beautiful Furneaux Islands and quickly realised
they had entered an adventure paradise.
According to Scotch Oakburn Education
Outdoors teacher, Nikita Stiberc, Flinders Island is
an absolute hub for Outdoor Education and she
has now visited the island multiple times in 2016.
“Anywhere you look, everywhere you go
there are always opportunities. Take your pick
rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, canoeing, sea
kayaking, bike touring, caving, and surfing – the
list is endless.
“It is relatively easy to get around and the
Back on the island
The island, and the work with the local
community, certainly left an impression on the
Scotch Oakburn students.
Sophie Lawrence said she “thoroughly
enjoyed the whole experience”.
“It was such an enjoyable trip on a beautiful
island,” Laura McCallum Smith said. “The
group had a really positive attitude toward every
activity and it was a very rewarding last trip of
A highlight for Heather Collins was teaching
the children from Flinders Island. “It was a
really rewarding experience which taught
me lots about myself and my ability as a
leader or a person in a position of heightened
“I really loved this trip, working closely with the
community to teach them what we have learnt,”
stated Alice Cerchez.
Hugh Bradley expressed his enjoyment,
saying “climbing was great fun, and Flinders
Island is a place I will definitely return to”.
Max Neville said: “This trip has taught me to
take a step back and see the bigger picture.
Sometimes the way up, or the way forward
might not be right in front of your eyes. When
climbing, all it takes to pass that hard bit is to
climb around it or try another technique or way.
I think this is very translatable to life”.
The TCE subject will recommence in
2017 with the first program taking place in
April. Any students who may be interested
are encouraged to make contact with the
Education Outdoors team.
permanent residents of Flinders Island make
the experience all the more enjoyable with
their friendly, welcoming nature and helpful
suggestions. They readily shared their wealth of
knowledge to ensure our experience was all the
more rich, enjoyable and memorable.”
After three days of pursuing their own
activities, the Scotch Oakburn students invited
the locals to join in.
“The Community day was a rewarding
experience for all involved and our students
were really impressive,” Ms Stiberc said. “They
really took that next step in their role as leaders
to ensure every Flinders student they led and
assisted felt safe and well supported.
“It was a win-win situation. The rock climbing
skills and techniques our students had learnt
over the two days prior to the community day
were really embedded and further enriched by
applying them in a different light as they taught
them to others.
“Our students openly expressed that
such a day further opened their eyes to the
appreciation of the Island, the landscape and
the lifestyle of the people who live there. It was
great to build a connection with them and
the locals went out of their way to ensure the
program was a success.”
Despite the final day being hit by a severe
weather event, the group was able to use this
time to explore the historical significance of the
island, visiting the Wybalenna and Emita sights
as well as exploring ‘off the beaten track’ at
some of the gems the island has to offer.
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