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Mt Maria Mitchelton students take to the sea

All aboard for the Tall Ships Experience for Mt Maria students

STUDENTS at Mt Maria College, Mitchelton, happily abandoned ship and set sail for Moreton Bay when offered a chance to escape the classroom for a day.

The Year 9 students sailed out into the bay as part of the college’s annual Tall Ships Experience.

The experience involves students working cohesively to sail the South Passage ship while learning the basics of navigation, raising and lowering sails, tying knots and steering along the way.

After completion of the sailing activity, the students anchored at Peel Island, where they had an opportunity to swim in the Moreton Bay waters and enjoy the scenery.

Mt Maria Principal Glenn McConville said it was all smooth-sailing for the students.

Mr McConville said the sailing activity encouraged teamwork and communication among the students.

“Everyone has a job to do to contribute to the success of the day for all on board,” said.

“Staff on the ship were quick to praise our students on how well-mannered and well behaved they were.

“Great work to our Year 9 students.”

The students relished the experience to get out onto the ocean on the majestic vessels.

Year 9 student participant Bridget MacDermott said being part of the Tall Ships Experience was really fun because they got to learn how to sail the ship by raising the sail and steering it themselves.

Fellow student Brady Pankhurst said learning to sail on Morton Bay was an amazing experience.

“I would thoroughly recommend it to other schools.”

Meanwhile, Steffanie Koch said being part of the sailing experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“I got to work together with my friends and I would love to go again,” she said.

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GPO Box 1201 Brisbane 4001 Australia

Phone: (07) 3033 7000

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