Finally Kagi has a primary school teacher
We have received fantastic news that our long time porter, Gibson Kenmore has completed his primary teacher training and will teach at the Kagi Primary School. The school building is complete and is located below the Eco toilet camping site at Kagi.
We wish Gibson all the best with his new important role in the Kagi community and NRE will be supporting him as much as possible.
Update on the condition of the road between Popondetta – Kokoda:
We have been advised that the road is passable and that the bridge over the Kamusi River is also able to be used. This obviously is always subject to change depending on the weather.
Trek Group: Fountain Gate Secondary College.
Trek Date: 16 – 28 September 2012
Leading treks on the Kokoda Track is always challenging, no matter how many times a guide has been lucky enough to participate in this unique activity.
Apart from the terrain and ever changing weather, guides have the task of leading trekkers that attend with varying levels of fitness and expectations on an adventure of a lifetime. The majority of these trekkers are adults. This is unfortunate as I consider Kokoda offers so much that would be of great value to the development of teenagers.
I recently had the pleasure of leading a group of students from Fountain Gate Secondary College. These students were close to the age of many of the Diggers whose muddy footsteps we followed.
In October 2011 I gave a Kokoda presentation at the school. Over the following months a group of year 10, 11 and 12 students expressed interest and were supported by an enthusiastic group of teachers (and one father) who all had the same unifying goal of walking Kokoda in September 2012. The adventure also included a two day stay in Kagi Village mid trek.
Did you know that No Roads Expeditions has school trips to the Kokoda Track? The Kokoda Trail is a significant part of Australia's history. It is an integral part of our National Identity. Our role in the League of Nations prior to the WWII and the part we played in the ultimate defeat of Imperial Japan has shaped how we see ourselves and how the world perceived us in its aftermath.
As such, walking the Kokoda Trail is an experiential activity that enables students to actually feel what Australian soldiers endured during the campaign and places them and the events that unfolded into a real context. Australia and its place in the world is deeply understood by students and teachers alike. By placing students on the Track, students will not only learn about history but will start to understand themselves on a level that is difficult to simulate any other way.