South Passage 2013
South Passage is the name of one of the main channels that runs between Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands in Moreton Bay, Queensland.
It is also the name of a 100 foot gaff-rigged tall-ship that is used for youth training programs. Woodlawn is one of the many schools lucky enough to be able to send students on expeditions with ‘South Passage’ each year.
Originally, the South Passage expedition was introduced to Woodlawn as a girls’ alternative to Eagle Expeditions, (a targeted Outdoor Education experience for boys). Several expeditions were undertaken by Woodlawn girls, before the opportunity was extended to all students, with the focus on using the expedition to count towards students' Duke of Edinburgh medals.
In 2013, the expedition continued to focus on students who were actively pursuing a Duke of Edinburgh medallion, however, several berths were also offered to students wishing to use the opportunity as a curriculum extension/personal interest project, (eg Maritime History, Mathematics, Geography, Literature, Astronomy, Biography etc).
The 2013 expedition coincided with a tall-ship regatta that celebrated the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney Harbour. Prior to the voyage we visited the Sydney Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, which offered a number of educational programs. We will stayed at the YHA Sydney Harbour Hostel, which is built atop the ‘Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre’, where students participated in a 2 hour history/archaeology workshop (Stage 5 curriculum).
The expedition was attended by three staff from the College (Mr Ted Davy, Mrs Cathie Byrnes, Mr Chris Mason) for student support and welfare. Mrs Byrnes and Mr Mason worked closely with each student on their interest project in the months leading up to the expedition. Mr Davy managed the administration for Duke of Edinburgh participants.
South Passage is a wonderful opportunity for your child to experience life at sea on a 100 foot, gaff-rigged tall ship. The students are actively involved in all aspects of the voyage, including navigation, watch duties, galley duties and actually steering the ship. Whilst on the voyage they could expect conditions ranging from whale-watching in calm seas to pounding through 4 metre swells on a 20 degree heel!