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Kokoda challenge

The Kokoda Challenge is a team endurance event that is usually held on the first weekend of Term 3. This gruelling cross-country event involves teams of four students and a teacher hiking together on a course designed to replicate the PNG Kokoda Track. The teams hike for an extended time, during the day and through the night, over rough and steep bush tracks across the mountains of the Gold Coast hinterland. This is not a relay race and all five members of the team must start and aim to complete the course together. Corinda traditionally walks with all teams together which is quite an awesome sight and has been the subject of many conversations along the track.

 There are two events in the schools competition, both named after heroes of the WWII Kokoda Track battles.

 The 48km Jim Stillman Cup is available to all students. This event starts at Numinbah Valley at midday on the Saturday and can be expected to take more than twelve hours to complete.

 The 96km Stan Bisset Cup is available to students in year 10 and above who are older than 15 and have previously completed the 48km Jim Stillman Cup. There is limit of three teams per school. This event starts at Mudgeeraba at 7am on the Saturday and can be expected to take more than twenty four hours to complete.

 Teams pass through regular checkpoints to finish at Nerang Velodrome the following day.

Participation in the Kokoda Challenge aligns with the pillars of courtesy, commitment, cooperation on which our school is built. It teaches students about perseverance, team work and the strength of mind it requires to meet and overcome a major challenge. The lead up to the Kokoda Challenge demands commitment to training, to fundraising and to developing a strong team spirit.

Corinda SHS is developing a proud involvement in the Kokoda Challenge, having competed each year since 2010. Out of 64 students that have taken part in the 96km Stan Bisset Cup, only 2 have not finished which is a true reflection of the students’ commitment. 

Each year the Corinda Kokoda Crew head out to trainings on Mt.Coot-tha, Springbrook – Polly’s Kitchen hike – 30th March, complete the 96km Challenge Challenge – this is a major fundraising event, hold BBQs and get actively involved in the community.  All students come out the other end of Kokoda as well-rounded students learning plenty of life skills and self evaluation.