This is a fully integrated program that involves a school’s complete year 9 cohort. Many schools currently have a year 9 dedicated program for their school year, the future maker program looks to dovetail with a school’s existing structures. All future maker schools will look to address the personal, social and critical thinking capabilities over the duration of the year, while developing a student’s capacity to be a future maker. Sustainability is an overarching component of the program where we look to improve a student’s capacity to lead and work with change. A pivotal part of the program is a 5 day 4 night camping and walking experience on the local high plains.
It’s Up To Me – Base and Campout
This program has a distinct focus on developing student’s awareness and management of themselves and their capacity to make responsible decisions, work and learning more effectively. The activities that students are involved in are set to challenge and extend students for optimal learning. Activities take place both within the Bogong Village environs and the Bogong High Plains also enabling students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the alpine and sub-alpine environment. The overnight campout component involves students being in a temporary community environment, developing the skills to be living in an independent way.
Working Together – Base and Campout
The key aim in this program is exactly that of its title. To highlight and promote this within the students, Bogong has a variety of activities suitable to get students functioning effectively within group situations, small or large. These activities may occur in a number of different locations within the area from Bogong Alpine Village itself to the Bogong High Plains beyond Falls Creek. Students will develop an understanding of others, establishing positive relationships, working effectively in a team and managing challenging situations. These environs are also an ideal place for students to develop nature knowledge. The overnight campout is a great option, placing students in a temporary community environment, where they develop the skills and knowledge to effectively contribute to working in their team.
This program introduces students to the alpine environment, its characteristics and it’s connection to their home environment. Students are initially allocated a range of snow shoe, cross country and downhill ski equipment, which after a comprehensive induction, enables them to access the alpine environment. The dry land induction sessions that the students go through enable them to gain a thorough understanding of their equipment and the way to effectively use it. The sessions also provide background knowledge of the alpine environment and how to self-manage in this area.
The teaching given to students in the area of ski skills is quite intensive and comprehensive, enabling them to optimise their access to the alpine environment. Students will also develop an understanding of others, establishing positive relationships, working effectively in a team and managing challenging situations.
Please note, whilst this program does involve skiing, it is at an introductory level for students.