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Girl’s first ski jump

August 6, 2012

Overcoming fear of failure – an inspiring video shared by George Couros during the July/ August travelling scholars’ tour of Australia with Alec Couros; follow this hashtag on Twitter #MYSAoz.

I am reminded of the time I first went skiiing in 2010 with a group of 15-year-olds at Smiggins Hole, Perisher, NSW.

That was my first attempt at organising Snow Day – one of the highlights of our annual Gifted & Talented Canberra tour which includes Parliament House, Questacon, the Australian War Memorial, National Film & Sound Archives, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Governor’s House & gardens, CSIRO Discovery Centre, National Museum, Library of Australia, and National Art Galleries. All that plus extras in 7 days at the end of second term.

So the Snow Day comes as something of a challenge in that mix of cultured sightseeing.

No fear, here, not unless you count the check-in for security both into the building and then again into the House where Parliament was sitting, and our students had an opportunity to see politics in the raw.

By week’s end, where sleepless nights begin to exert a gritty influence, and everyone has been up since 6 to make sure we have eaten breakfast in time for the 3 hour bus trip, we have entered a heightened realm of anticipation.

That’s why fear is such a fantastic circuit breaker to enhance learning.

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