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World Challenge 2018

Dear Parent /Carer,
After the previous two successful student leadership expeditions run at Merrimac SHS we are delighted to announce that we are once again be launching a very exciting program which offers students the opportunity to plan, fund and ultimately lead their own 28-day long expedition to Thailand December 2018. The expedition has a focus on community project work in the developing world where they will work alongside a local community and undertake sustainable and meaningful projects.
World Challenge is unique; students have a chance to CHALLENGE themselves and lead the expedition team to a developing world country that will see them develop real life skills prized by universities and employers alike, such as forward planning, communication, leadership and running effective group meetings. The students will also partake in a challenging trek and immerse themselves within a local community where they will have chance to understand some of the issues facing parts of our world. Not only is World Challenge a chance to travel throughout some developing countries and see how lucky we are to live in Australia, the fact that students LEAD the team, ensure they develop real-world leadership and communication skills that they will use in every aspect of adulthood whether they go straight into the workforce or further study.
We understand that you will have a lot of pertinent questions about the program particularly around the support we can give to the students and families for earning the funds to travel, so please come along and ask all those questions in person:
• Date: Thursday 1st June 2017
• Time: 6:00pm
• Venue: Library
This week the students will be presented with the opportunity at assembly, however we thought we’d give you some notice and let you know that they may come home and ask you about coming along to the upcoming Parent Night they want you to attend - and of course we hope to see you there!
The expedition is preceded by a training and preparation program, during which students play a major role in planning their own itinerary which includes:
• Project work in a local community
• A challenging trek.
• Rest and Relaxation
Kindly let us know if you’re coming along by emailing Andrew McMahon at, and rest assure we will answer all questions on the night so please come along and spend 30 minutes with us on Thursday 1 June and have a think about whether this opportunity would be great for the development of your son or daughter.
Kind regards,
Andrew McMahon - Merrimac SHS, Email -
Chris Halsall - World Challenge