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Longreach SHS students excel in extension program

​Tom Harwood, Qantas Founders Outback Museum, with students from HOT Program.

A small group of talented Year 9 and 10 students at Longreach State High School  recently completed a ten week Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Program as part of the school’s Gifted and Talented program.

Students engaged in a research project that explored the history of Longreach and investigated the local tourism industry. The project required students to analyse the current tourism industry and propose strategies to develop a more economically and environmentally sustainable tourism industry for Longreach.

Students were aided by the incredible help of local tourism and history experts Tom Harwood and Tony Martin from the Qantas Founders Outback Museum and Alan Smith from Outback Aussie Tours.

The contribution of these community members to the school and the program enabled students to create extraordinary tourism strategies ranging from development of a Central West Tourism booking office, a Central West Tourism website, new Indigenous and World War II exhibits and even a water park.

The program culminated in presentations of their strategies to parents and local community members. Congratulations to the students on their incredible work.