Teamwork, Leadership & Communication; A Day of Challenges

On Thursday, March 29th, Working Community students from Diamond Valley College and Eltham High School were introduced to the idea of working in teams by way of a day in the outdoors.

For half the day students experienced canoeing on the Yarra River, commencing with a safety briefing by the facilitators from Kaykaze Adventure Experience, before paddling down grade 1-2 rapids in Warrandyte State Park.

An interesting time was had by all, students worked in pairs negotiating their way down the Yarra River with some students getting more than they bargained for and falling in.

Once on land students were bussed to “Challenge Valley ” Clifford Park Scout Activity Centre where they worked in small teams to complete a series of obstacles/challenges focusing on encouraging team work and trust within the group.

Students were met with many challenges as they climbed timber walls, crawled through tunnels, swung on ropes and tyres, balanced on beams and assisted each other to successfully complete the course. Some students found themselves covered with mud as they swung over the mud pit with everyone having a go and by the smiles on faces everyone enjoyed all aspects of the day.

It was great to see the students eager to participate and throw themselves into these challenges that they may not have had a chance to experience previously.

Well done to everyone who participated, it’s great to see the support, trust and team work in action.

For more information contact:

Colleen Hughes, Project Officer

colleenhughes@bnllen.org.au or (03) 9431 8000




Widening Circles – Banyule Arty Farty Festival

When the Banyule City Council offered me the opportunity to organise a local school to lead the annual Arty Farty Parade with a MASS DANCE, I thought it was a great opportunity for mainstream students and students with disabilities to work together.

The process of getting schools on board was easy; Bundoora Secondary College and Concord School both welcomed the idea and things moved quickly from there.  Each Monday afternoon in Term 1, Bundoora Secondary College VCAL students met at Concord School and they were provided with professional mentoring by the Waterdale Theatre.  After a few weeks, music and steps were chosen and the dance started to take shape.

The parade was held on Sunday 25th March and the students led approximately 850 people in the mass dance down Burgundy St, Heidelberg.

It was a huge success and the students felt like rock stars.  Of course the project was not really about the dance but about personal development. Themes  included inclusiveness and teamwork and of course a chance to shine and feel proud of oneself.

The teacher from Concord School had the following to say about the experience:
“It has been a wonderful experience for all students and staff alike.  It has fit so well into the secondary curriculum as their “challenge” unit, obviously being a challenge in different ways for our students. “

Thank you Banyule City Council for this wonderful experience.

For more information contact:

Jayne Valle, Project Officer

jayne@bnllen.org.au or (03) 9431 8000