The Year 9 SOTE class assembled at the wrecked fuselage of the Lincoln Bomber.
The Year 9 SOTE class assembled at the wrecked fuselage of the Lincoln Bomber. Submitted

Students hike to plane wreck

AFTER almost three hours of solid hiking and scrambling, 15 weary School Of Total Education students reached the plane wreck site of Mount Superbus.

The trek was part of a recent camp for Mr Stewart's junior sport studies, who left school and drove to Emu Vale, thanks to several parents and their four-wheel-drives, who delivered them to their campsite.

After setting up camp, a few went fishing, while others prepared a campfire ready for a cool night.

After getting to bed early, the group also rose early to a very cool start to get ready for the challenge of climbing Mt Superbus.

The group's goal was to reach the site of the wreck of a plane (an RAAF Lincoln bomber that crashed in 1955, on a mercy dash transporting an ill baby).

After about 5km of relatively easy walking, the climb became very steep, testing the resolve of the hikers, who were putting into practice the groupwork and challenge activity experiences they had at school.

Everyone was relieved to reach the site of the wreck after two hours and 45 minutes of solid hiking and scrambling.

Lunch was enjoyed while exploring the surrounding forest and checking out the glimpses of views, which showed just how high they had climbed.

The trip down was difficult at first, testing the legs of the group as they negotiated the steep climb down from the site.

The class showed the power of group motivation as they helped each other down the mountain.

As the easier slopes were reached, the pace picked up and everyone was soon busy dismantling camp and packing up.

Though very tiring, the students all enjoyed doing a “real” challenge, as a culmination of all they had been practising at school.

Thanks must go to Mr Stewart and Miss Lynch for their coordination, the parents who provided transport, and to the Croft family of Emu Vale for their campsite and help arranging the trip.



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