LOCAL LEADER: Much-loved Boonah State High School teacher Helen Houghton, who passed away from a brain tumour in 2009, pictured on one of her many expeditions.
LOCAL LEADER: Much-loved Boonah State High School teacher Helen Houghton, who passed away from a brain tumour in 2009, pictured on one of her many expeditions. Contributed

Scholarship honours Helen

FORMER Boonah State High School teacher Helen Houghton had an undeniably adventurous spirit.

The energy and passion of the Duke of Edinburgh expedition leader, who lost her battle with an aggressive brain tumour in 2009, inspired all those around her.

This inspiration was recognised recently by the The Sea School (picture below) in Boonah with their announcement of the Helen Houghton Memorial Scholarship.

The Sea School founder Jono Goss said the scholarship would help young people pursue their love for outdoor adventure both at sea and on land.

“The Sea School delivers fun programs and marine expeditions with a real sense of adventure, using both literal and metaphorical voyages of discovery – outward bound across the high seas, and inward bound as we learn about ourselves,” he said.

“The sometimes scary yet often brilliant elements of sailing, snorkelling, paddling, barefoot bushwalking, island camping, and watching the sun rise and set help us to learn about magnificent nature and how we can use our strengths wisely.”

Members of the Sea School on one of their many expeditions. Photo Contributed
Members of the Sea School on one of their many expeditions. Photo Contributed Contributed

Mr Goss said it was the late Mrs Houghton who inspired him to open The Sea School, which helped many young people from Boonah complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award requirements and gain new, exciting experiences.

“Helen was an exceptional educator and Duke of Edinburgh Award co-ordinator for Boonah State High School. Together with her husband Bob (she) conducted expeditions for many years and helped inspire the Sea School to get established,” he said.

“Helen was such an inspiring resident. She was passionate about taking people out of their comfort zones and loved working with young people. The Sea School aims to (continue) this work.”

Mr Goss said the scholarship was open to young people aged 14-25 who wanted to take part in The Sea School’s expeditions, gain qualifications in outdoor education or finish their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

For more on how to apply for the Helen Houghton Memorial Scholarship visit bluepeteraustralia.com.



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