Tasmania B

‘The Tassie B South Island Pilgrimage’

‘A pilgrimage is a journey of discovery, primarily of self.’

The Year 9 Tassie B Camp begun in the early hours of Sunday 29 October with the Rosebud crew gathering for the trip to Mornington to meet up with the rest of the students and staff before heading off to Tullamarine Airport. The sky was clear, the flight was calm and we landed to a brisk Launceston morning to meet Laurie, our Coach Driver. Over the week the students enjoyed Laurie’s dry Tasmanian wit and his willingness to ensure we were given an informative tour of the extra places of interest such as when travelling up to Devonport on the Thursday, diverting to see the Great Lakes and being met with a snow fall.

The Tassie B Pilgrimage ground rules were set early on with matters such as teamwork, respect, manners, and egos to be left back on the North Island and generally to think of others moreso than of one’s self.  Importantly, students were reminded to not allow the little things to get in front of their enjoyment of the week.  To not worry about who you sit next to on the bus; who to sit next to for meals etc and will my phone have connectivity. There were a few sighs when the news broke that staff were collecting phones at 9.30pm each night.  As the week unfolded Tassie B did not care. In fact there was perhaps was a sense of liberation knowing that one could survive without a phone always attached to the hip pocket.

The morning Tassie B Beanie Award tradition continued. As the Coach departed for another day’s adventure a student’s name was announced to receive the Tassie B Beanie. The five students who received their Tassie B Beanie can cherish the memories of their good deeds.

Comfort zones and phobias were conquered by Tassie B students. They experienced being attached to a flying fox, moving across valleys at 70 kilometres an hour and well above the tree canopies. Walking amongst the Huon Pines 90 metres above the forest floor and manoeuvring in a cave that went deep below the ground surface. Tassie B also experienced culture in the diverse Art displays of the Mona Gallery and the contrast between the uniqueness of the Tasmanian urban and wilderness landscapes.

Tassie B flew out from Tullamarine to the South Island with perhaps some apprehensions of how the week would unfold. Tassie B returned a week later (back to the North Island) looking forward to a long sleep but knowing that each student had mastered new skills and with the confidence and experiential knowledge that anything is possible. Tassie B were a credit to themselves, their families and to Padua College.

Thanks to Mrs Barnhoorn, Mrs Milos, Mrs Gee and Miss Millar who were wonderful guardians and companions for Tassie B during the week on the South Island. What began as an excursion became an opportunity of self-discovery. The word pilgrimage sits comfortably with a week to be remembered. 

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