In 2012 TKC took 17 students, 2 staff and 2 adult helpers on an interstate trip to Canberra and NSW. The following highlights were written by Mr Aidan Davies, who heads up Sport at TKC, and took the lead in organising this tour.
Firstly we flew to Canberra for a two-night stay in the city centre, close to the shops and the important cutural sites we were visiting. We visited New and Old Parliament House to learn about our Nation’s political history and see where the action takes place and the procedures for parliament. We also visited the War Memorial. The highlight there was looking at the history and effects of the wars Australia has been involved in, and focusing on some of some of the individual stories of brave soldiers and their families.
We then travelled into NSW by bus and arrived at Thredbo four hours later. We spent the next five nights at The River Inn, which was a great hotel just next to the meeting place for the snow schools. They provided fantastic facilities, and great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone was very excited to step out at Thredbo into the cold air and get their first touch of the snow. Each day we had a two hour lesson for our chosen activity (skiing or snowboarding) before being given the chance to take off in groups to experience more of the terrain and practice what we had learnt.
One of the highlights was the trip up the mountain to Australia’s highest lifted point at an altitude of 2037m. On a clear day, you get a great view of Australia’s highest mountain Mt Kosciusko. Unfortunately cloud cover on the day we were there, meant we didn’t get to see that far.
One morning, students had the chance to head out before sunrise with myself to take some landscape shots of the sunrise and streams running down the mountains. Although it was extremely cold and hard work, it was also a lot of fun and we ended up with some great shots.
Another highlight was the fireworks and flare run, where the ski instructors ski down the hill at night holding flares, followed by a finale show of fireworks.
The lights turn on at night for one of the ski areas, and we were able to try night skiing one night, which turned out to be another great experience.
Each night we had the chance to get together after dinner and talk about the highlights of the day, while sharing with each other what we felt God was working on and doing in our lives. This was a great time for all as it gave everyone the chance to listen and learn from one another, and created great times of comradery. Although learning to ski and snowboard was challenging, and scary at times, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and it was a fantastic experience for all. It was great to see everyone improving so much, making new friends, learning new skills and enjoying life together. We were all a little sad leave at the end, but look forward to great new experiences in the future.