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Kokoda Challenge

Ferny Grove State High School had the most teams entered in the 48km trek through the D’Aguilar National Park on Saturday 2 June 2018 and was congratulated by the event organisers in the opening speeches. 16 teams in total consisting of 4 students and 1 staff member/parent took off from the start line at 7:00am with their first team placing 2nd in the ‘Schools Cup’ and with the majority of teams completing the challenge by 9:00pm.
Training for Ferny began three months prior to the event with weekly 20km walks each Friday night, slowly increasing over time. Their biggest walk prior to the challenge was through Mt Glorious, this was a tough trek and 32kms in total. The Mt Glorious walk proved to be the most important training session for Ferny as it gave everyone a real experience as to what they could expect for the 48km challenge that was ahead of them.
Each team is required to fundraise the minimum amount of $350.00 which goes towards Kokoda Youth Foundation.
Ferny Grove SHS has been participating in this event for the past 7 years. Each year their number of teams increases and they have already began training and recruiting for next year.
Team Leader and teacher ‘David Hunt’ says “the students show great community spirit, mateship and courage during this life changing experience.”
A competition is run each year for the design of the school’s Kokoda polo shirt. Year 12 art students submit a design and a winner is selected. Jessie Eyles was the winner this year and she was presented with a $50.00 voucher for her efforts. This adds to the experience and Ferny’s participants wear their shirts with much pride.
Students will be presented with a Kokoda Achievement Certificate at their next Senior Assembly to acknowledge their fantastic effort and commitment to this challenge.