A Busy Prom Experience for Lucinda and Shannon
Thursday 29 August, 2013
Two lucky students, Lucinda Tracy and Shannon Danckert from South Gippsland Secondary College had some interesting work experience at Wilsons Promontory National Park recently.
The two girls were given the opportunity via a long standing arrangement between the Prom’s closest secondary college and Parks Victoria. It offers two year nine students who demonstrate leadership in environmental studies a week’s work experience at Tidal River the following year.
The pair say they’ve learned a lot about the many different roles done by people who work in Wilsons Promontory. “Everything from hands on work with the water treatment plant, gardening, collecting animal monitoring data and painting tables, to exploring the beaches and tracks of Norman Bay and Tidal River in our own time.” It was an extraordinary experience, just being able to live down at the Prom for a week. It felt really good to be away from everything else,” says Shannon.
Lucinda loved the variety of activities, “We helped out with folding blankets in the Group Lodge and cleaning up areas around the campground that had fallen trees. We met a Year 12 group Outdoor and Environmental studies class and helped with giving a presentation to the students. After hours I went swimming in Tidal River – the water felt like minus ten degrees but I could cope!”
The highlight of the week for both girls was the trip to Wilsons Promontory Light Station. “That first look of the Lighthouse was spectacular and as we got closer and closer the more excited we got. Colin showed us around the houses and spoke about the historical background of the Lighthouse,” says Lucinda”.
“Standing up on the Lighthouse balcony I was almost blown away, literally!” says Shannon. “It was a different perspective of how small we are compared to the scale of the park and the world around us, and how lucky we are to have such an amazing opportunity to experience this.”
Careers Coordinator at South Gippsland Secondary College Marg O’Donnell says they really appreciate the support of Parks Victoria in making it a valuable and meaningful work experience. “The Prom staff put in a lot of time and effort into planning a really diverse program, so it’s really something special for those students who are awarded this unique opportunity.”
Ranger in Charge Brett Mitchell says the girls were great to have around for the week.
“Lucinda and Shannon worked really hard and showed great enthusiasm for the many different tasks they were assigned. Work experience programs are important to Parks Victoria because they inspire young people to get involved in caring for parks. We’ve really enjoyed having Lucinda and Shannon here and look forward to two more students joining us next year.”
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