- Gun Handling and Firearm Safety Course, Friday the 18th of August
Weather conditions on the day were miserable. The temperature was 8 degrees, minus the wind chill factor, caused by a 15knot breeze and heavy showers falling intermittently throughout the day. There was some talk earlier in the week about whether we should cancel the excursion because of the expected weather conditions. Staff and students discussed this issue for a short period and decided unanimously that this was good training for action in the field as students would need to consider adjusting their preparation and function for different conditions.
Given the correct information and support, dealing with the inclement weather would help develop team work skills and build strength and resilience within our students. Every time we go Hunting and Fishing it is not necessarily a nice warm sunny day.
The first activity on arrival was to unload the bus and help get the fire going. After this we set up the room for our Firearms Safety briefing. During the briefing a number of safety issues were discussed and demonstrated.
Senior students worked with and mentored junior students in all the information and practices discussed on the day as everyone honed their shooting skills on clay targets that imitated different game movements in the field.
It was great to have more girls involved in our excursion and fantastic to see parents and grandparents at the range, braving the elements to help us encourage, build and educate these young adults in their endeavors to improve their sporting and personal development.
Everyone had a fantastic day especially Gilly’s dog “Sandy” who practiced some of her own hunting techniques as she sneakily ate several sandwiches from students that were unfortunate enough to lower their hands whilst holding their lunch.
Colac Secondary College would like to thank the Colac Field and Game Club and club members Terry McCrickard and Geoff O’Dwyer for their expert training and the use of Club facilities. Thanks also to Terry Woodcroft from Co Pilot - Victoria Police for his support and training and Holts Gun Shop for their ongoing support. Our school is very fortunate indeed to have the community support from everyone involved as we work to educate our students to achieve the best results possible.