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SWD opening a whole new world of challenges, skills and discovery .... 2011 saw us pilot a new and exciting initiative, we partnered with Lomandra School to work with young people who have disengaged from learning. We are thrilled with the feedback from Lomandra and enthused by the success of the pilot project. Not only does Lomandra want to offer the 6 days of sail training again this year, other schools are registering with us.
The essence of the project is to get youngsters to work together to achieve a successful outcome, which in turn helps to develop self esteem and can change lives.
The 'student sailors' learn to manage themselves and their interactions with others, building collegiality and friendships. They are placed in an environment that takes them on a journey of self discovery, that challenges and requires them to take responsibility and work towards a common purpose. The project is designed to enable them to see the world from a different perspective, to experience a sense of possibility and self achievement while enjoying the exhilaration of engaging with the natural environment and sailing.
The project is a 'project in process', so it is with great anticipation that we move into 2012. Our goals are to build on the pilot, developing a curriculum that is based on learning and life skill outcomes; and is responsive to the needs of our young participants. We will also strengthen our partnership with Lomandra and look to establishing similar relationships with other schools. There is a lot of work in front of us. The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank the skippers and crew; and the staff and students at Lomandra for getting this successfully across the start line and providing such a sound base on which to grow what we do.