Class 10 Surveying Camp to Maria Island

Noosa Pengari Steiner School Class 10 students and staff were warmly welcomed to Hobart in August, complete with theodolites and staves, to join staff and students from Tarremah Steiner School and Sophia Mundi Steiner School for a combined Class 10 Surveying Camp to Maria Island, Tasmania.

After exploring a walking track near the school, the group were Welcomed to Country with a Smoking Ceremony by Linton, a Palawa man. Staff and students participated in ‘Gumnuts to buttons’: an eye-opening inter-activity that charts the decline of the first inhabitants of lutruwita/Tasmania.

This was followed by mathematical work in preparation for the surveying activities on Maria Island, and a magnificent sunset and full moon rise on top of kunanyi/Mount Wellington.

Saturday was spent enjoying the sights of Hobart, including Salamanca markets and a tour of David Walsh’s mind-bending MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art).

Early Monday morning, students, staff, and a whole mountain of gear was assembled at the gates of the school ready for the bus ride to Triabunna, the rain held back just long enough to get everything on board and subsided as the gear was offloaded at the other end. The crossing to the island reacquainted some with their breakfast and blessed the group with sightings of seals and rainbows.

The three schools worked together: mathematics, outdoor pursuits and cultural activity engaged the students from early morning to evening over four nights. Surveying, hill walking, fire ceremonies, more surveying, Sine rules, Cosine rules, singing, wildlife walks, more surveying and map making… all topped off on the last night with a talent show. The visit to Maria Island concluded with students making a message stick that everyone contributed to, held until the time is right to give these messages back to the earth.

Sincere thanks to everyone for their wonderful professionalism and for the genuine welcome that was given visiting schools and of course to all the students who worked magnificently to make this camp such a wonderful experience for all.

Mark Piper
High School Coordinator, NPSS

Photos: Mark Piper and Frank Toman