The tradition of the Rock Walk
At the Australian Industry Trade College, education is about more than tests and textbooks. There are many traditions that the AITC upholds on all campuses, and one of the first is the Rock Walk. Every young person who starts at any AITC campus in Year 10 will complete a Rock Walk in their local area. The Rock Walk serves many purposes, and is a vital part of a young person’s induction to the AITC.
The Rock Walk has a strong focus on the College value of mateship. Mateship means nobody gets left behind, and on the Rock Walk, the young people are encouraged to stay with their mates instead of running up ahead, and finishing the activity together. On the Rock Walk, some of the young people were reminded to stick with the group rather than powering to the end of the track.
The AITC team also uses the Rock Walk as a chance to talk to and get to know the new young people, and discuss the importance of employability skills. At the summit of Mount Coot-Tha in Brisbane, the Redlands Industry team took the opportunity to talk to the young people about all the potential industries they could pursue in their time at the College and beyond, with a spectacular backdrop of the greater Brisbane area.
Before completing the return walk, the young people will choose a rock on the path, and place it in a pile with their classmates. Adding their rock to the pile is a gesture the young people make to acknowledge their journey. Left behind is a pile made from all the rocks from each young person on the walk, which will act as a reminder to young people in coming years that the AITC journey has been completed many times over.