We are pleased to announce CHAC will offer our Years 8 and 9 students the opportunity to tour South West Queensland in the September holidays for the third biennial Outback Tour.
The Outback Tour is a unique opportunity for students to learn about rural Queensland, while developing a sense of gratitude and contributing to the wider community. In 2015 and 2017, the College toured the region for an Anglican mission, education and community service adventure. The College partnered with Tourism Queensland and three other Anglican schools in 2015 to create a highlights package which showcases the benefits of the tour.
This year, students will travel to Mitchell for a two-night stay on Bonus Downs cattle station, before moving onto Charleville for three nights, where students will engage in a range of community service activities. The final night of the tour will be spent in Roma, giving students the opportunity to visit the Big Rig – Oil Patch Museum and the cattle saleyards.
Students will depart Brisbane on Friday 20 September and return on Thursday 26 September. This opportunity is open to Years 8 and 9 students, and we are looking for expressions of interest in order plan our staffing, travel arrangements and finalise a tour cost. As a guide, the 2017 tour cost approximately $700 for all travel, food and accommodation. Families are invited to express interest in attending the trip by completing this survey.
Students will be formally advised of the tour during Week 1, Term 2. As the trip has a service-learning component, it is strongly encouraged that families discuss this element, along with the distance travelled by bus with their child, before expressing interest in the tour. If places do become limited, the College will seek to select students who it feels will benefit most from a community-service experience.
Students in Years 8 and 9 will attend an information session during CHAC Comm in Week 1, Term 2 and receive an information letter and full itinerary. Throughout Term 2 and 3, applicants and their families will be invited to attend an information session where more detail will be provided.