Forty of our Year 9 students this week set off on a three-week outdoor education experience at the Mt Binga Outdoor Education Centre, 20km west of Blackbutt. The stay at Mt Binga is part of the College’s year-long Ubuntu program, an offering unique to Prince of Peace Lutheran College.
‘Ubuntu’ is a Southern African term meaning ‘we are human, so we belong’, and the College’s Ubuntu program provides an opportunity for our students to know, understand and value themselves and their peers. Ubuntu contains a number of elements that all extend and challenge participants, but for our Year 9s the highlight of the program is the rite-of-passage experience at Mt Binga.
Mt Binga is an educational adventure that teaches valuable life skills, resilience, independence and how to live in community. It allows our young men and women to develop personal skills and qualities beyond the development possible in the classroom environment.
We see Mt Binga as a unique opportunity for each student to achieve personal, social and spiritual growth. Such an opportunity also develops new life skills and firm friendships. It is hoped that as the students work towards building family and community at Mt Binga, they also come to value their family and friends at home.