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Informed consent

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This page contains important information about the activities in which your students may be involved.

Cut and paste the sections that are relevant to your camp.

These details must be sent home with the consent form. It provides clear details about the activities and will assist parents in making an informed decision about whether they wish to have their daughter or son participate. 

General information

  • TEEC is staffed by qualified teachers. One of these teachers will be accompanying students on all activities during the day.
  • TEEC staff have current First Aid qualifications.
  • A TEEC vehicle will be available in case of emergencies


Black Gully Campus

  • With overnight visits all accommodation is in tents. Students will be involved in the various tasks involved in setting up and putting away tents and other camping essentials.
  • The Black gully Campus facilities include toilets and hot showers.
  • Students will be involved in the preparation of meals in the fully equipped kitchen.
  • The Campus is located in Black Gully Road, Tinaroo. The telephone number is 07 4095 8382.


Barron River Campus

  • With overnight visits accommodation is in dormitories. Some programs will have students camped in tents for part of the camp.
  • Fully catered meals. Students will be involved in the preparation of meals​ when camping away from base.
  • The Campus is located on Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, Tinaroo.The telephone number is 07 4095 8323.


The following is a summary of the learning outcomes that we hope to work towards and assist students to achieve:

  • An awareness of the importance of both personal independence and interdependence
  • Increased love for and attitude towards caring for the natural environment
  • Improved self-esteem, group co-operation and physical fitness
  • Preparedness to persist and meet challenges in a safe setting
  • Enhanced personal and physical skills and knowledge of the natural environment

Swimming

Location

Pupils will have a defined area where they will swim.

Activities

Pupils may have the opportunity to swim if and when the program permits.

Instruction

Pupils will be paired with a 'buddy' and will be instructed on the expectations of behaviour and activities.

Supervision

An adult will supervise swimming at all times.


Hiking

Location

Various locations within the Tinaroo Dam environs are used - depending on the focus of the activity.

Activities

Rainforest, Planted Pine and Dry Forest walks. Group cooperation and leadership application.

Instruction

Pupils are given detailed explanation for safe hiking.

Supervision

At least two adults to supervise each group. A mobile phone and first aid kit are taken on each hike.


Canoeing

Location

Pupils will paddle to various locations around Tinaroo.

Activity

Pupils utilise Canadian Canoes for transportation to activity sites. Some expeditions involve students paddling across wide expanses of open water. Students paddle in groups of 2, 3 or 4 persons in a canoe. At times the instructor will take the decision to link the canoes together and tow them single file.

Instruction

A qualified canoeing instructor gives pupils instruction in basic strokes and safety and emergency procedures. Students are given clear instructions about what is expected of them whilst canoeing. Students will wear a Personal Flotation Device (Life Jacket) at all times.

Supervision

As required by Education Queensland's School Health and Wellbeing Initiatives the leader has an instructor's certificate. Two adult supervisors one of whom is a teacher will accompany each group. A motorized Safety Boat always accompanies the group on longer trips.


Towed Canoe Trip

Location

This activity usually begins and ends at the TEEC. A number of locations around Lake Tinaroo are used depending on the program planned.

Activity

This activity is used as a means of transport to a variety of different activities around Lake Tinaroo. The canoes will be linked together and towed behind the safety boat. There will be no more than four people in each canoe. Canoes will be towed on flat-water (wind speed of 15 knots or less). If wind is greater than 15 knots, an alternative program will be substituted. On the rare occasion when wind conditions increase during the day, it may be necessary to return students to TEEC by safety boat or by motor vehicle.

Instruction

Adults and pupils are given instruction in emergency procedures. Students are given clear instructions about what is expected of them whilst under tow. Students and adults will wear a Personal Flotation Device (Life Jacket) at all times.

Supervision

As required by Education Queensland's School Health and Wellbeing Initiatives the leader has an instructor's certificate. At least two adult supervisors one of whom is a teacher will accompany each group. The safety boat driver the required certification.


Raft Build

Location

Various locations on Lake Tinaroo.

Activity

Involves building a raft and paddling a defined course

Instruction

Personal safety considerations, briefing and de-briefing by supervising teacher.

Supervision

Adult supervision with each group. A Safety boat is on hand.


Abseiling

Location

At approved sites around Tinaroo.

Activity

Students lower themselves down a cliff face with the aid of ropes and specialised abseiling equipment. Cliffs available vary in size to suit the ability and maturity of students.

Instruction

Students are given detailed instruction in the skills and safety requirements- as specified in Education Queensland guidelines. Our instructors employ a "Challenge by Choice" philosophy in which pupils are encouraged to challenge themselves by progressing from a very basic slope up to a more challenging experience. Students are not forced to attempt anything, with which, they are not comfortable.

Supervision

Instructors have the appropriate qualifications as required by Education Queensland's School Health and Wellbeing Initiatives. At least two adults will supervise this activity. Students have a safety line attached at all times, which is controlled by an adult.


High Ropes Adventure Course

Location

Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre.

Activity

Students climb a ladder element to a course of interconnected challenges. Pupils are in harness and attached to a safety line at all times.

Instruction

Our instructors employ a "Challenge by Choice" philosophy in which pupils are encouraged to challenge themselves by learning a series of skills and progressing through a variety of elements at height. Safety and Emergency procedures - as specified in Education Queensland's School Health and Wellbeing Initiatives.

Supervision

Instructors have the appropriate qualifications as required by Education Queensland's School Health and Wellbeing Initiatives. At least two adults will supervise this activity. Students have a safety line attached at all times.


The Giant Swing

Location

Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre (Black Gully Campus).

Activity

This activity is an element of our high ropes course. Students are harnessed into an enormous swing. Their classmates work together to haul the participant to their chosen height where they are released to swing free.

Instruction

Our instructors employ a "Challenge by Choice" philosophy. The participant chooses what height their companions will pull them to before they swing. Safety and Emergency procedures - as specified in Education Queensland's School Health and Wellbeing 

Supervision

Instructors have the appropriate qualifications as required by Education Queensland's School Health and Wellbeing 

At least two adults will supervise this activity. Students have a safety line attached at all times.


Group Challenge Adventure Course

Location

Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre

Activity

Series of group cooperation activities.

Instruction

Personal safety considerations, briefing and de-briefing by the supervising teacher.

Supervision

Adult supervision with each group.


Camping Away from Base

Location

In carefully selected locations in the State Forests around Tinaroo Dam.

Activity

This activity may or may not include an expedition involving a hike. It will involve students and teachers in:

  • erecting their own "bivvy"(fly sheet)
  • sleeping under these shelters - no walls or floor
  • packing and waterproofing a backpack
  • hiking up to 5 kilometres a day carrying a full backpack
  • no showers
  • using portable toilets
  • preparing and cooking own meals on an open fire and or on a trangia (metho) stove

Students complete all the above with a minimum impact on the natural environment. The group will use map and compass to navigate when necessary. Pupils are involved in making all decisions - adult supervisors have minimum input into decision making. In a number of sections pupils may have to navigate through open forest country or through rainforested areas with no defined tracks. When on water in canoes, pupils are accompanied by a Safety Boat.

Instruction

Pupils are given detailed instruction in packing and waterproofing their backpacks, constructing a shelter and cooking using the trangia stoves. Additional detailed instruction is provided if map and compass work is required.

Supervision

Two adults (at least one teacher) with each group.

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Last reviewed 12 December 2019
Last updated 12 December 2019