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Adventure of a lifetime for officer and students

Congratulations to School Based Police Officer, Senior Constable Mark Cartner and the many collaborative partners and student participants who have been involved in the Walk of Life program since 2015.

Senior Constable Cartner’s life skills, policing skills, interest in child protection and crime prevention and his current role working with secondary students are all combined in the Walk of Life program. The program was initiated by Senior Constable Cartner, based on outdoor education principles and teaching students a variety of life skills over a school term. These skills are then put to the test in an expedition, generally a multi-day canoe experience or hike covering distances of up to 100 kilometres and lasting from three to five days.

The program has seen tremendous gains in school attendance rates, improved behaviour and has certainly forged closer ties between students, school based police and school staff. Walk of Life is now in it’s third year and involves students from Kepnock State High School and Bundaberg North State High School.

As a result of the successful program and word of mouth reaching external organisations, Senior Constable Cartner was invited to share his work in a presentation to the Australian Association of Bush Adventure Therapists in Melbourne at their annual conference on April 23. The conference was attended by practitioners including psychologists, social workers and youth workers who utilise outdoor recreation techniques as therapy and rehabilitation.

Check out some of the student’s recent canoe trip experience…

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