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Kokoda Challenge

On Saturday morning 16 students with their 4 team leaders embarked on the annual Kokoda Challenge – Jim Stillman Cup – 48km of walking through the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Our teams left Numinbah Valley Hall at 11am and made great time through Army Land and onto the first major checkpoint.  The weather turned and the teams faced wet and slippery conditions. Due to the harsh conditions (with a heightened risk of falling and getting cold) we had a high rate of competitors unable to finish, however they tried their hearts out – many of these students only pulling out when they were told that they had to. Whether they made it to the first major checkpoint, the finish line or somewhere in between, the weekend was a great achievement and significant experience in the life of our students.
We also had 6 staff take on the 96km event. This event is an unparalleled test of human endurance both mentally and physically. Three crossed the finish line, including Ms Herbert in a colossal 36 hours – amazing effort. Congratulations to all involved. This event could not have happened without our amazing support crew, hours of training and many staff throughout the school who cooked for the students. Kokoda Challenge truly is a highlight of our school year.