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Junior Secondary Camp 2015

5/05/2015
 

Junior Secondary’s adventure to Moreton Island began with an early morning coach ride to the Port of Brisbane to catch the MiCat Ferry.  90 enthusiastic students, one parent helper and 8 teachers enjoyed a breezy view from the top floor.  We arrived at the Tangalooma Wrecks to be met by our camp coordinators and their fleet of 4WD’s which ferried us to our campsite at Comboyuro Point located beside an absolutely pristine beach on the western side of the island.  Students eagerly sorted out their tents and after lunch went down to the beach for a swim in the crystal clear ocean.  It wasn’t long before we noticed that there were some dolphins swimming close by.  Later in the evening we discovered hidden stars amongst us at our talent quest and toasted marshmallows by the open fire.

The next morning we feasted on a cooked breakfast and were entertained by a visit from a very inquisitive Kookaburra.  Team building and inclusion was the aim of our many beach activities and the students rose to the occasion proving that they could communicate clearly and appropriately with each other despite not being allowed to speak!  Formula One racing cars were built, friendships developed, puzzles solved and students supported each other to complete “The Amazing Race”.  Next we were off on the 4WD tour to see the bubbling waters at the Champagne Pools and Honeymoon Bay, followed by a visit to the museum and lighthouse.  Lastly a swim in the fresh water Blue Lagoon on the eastern side of the island rounded off a perfect day but our adventures weren’t finished quite yet.  The evening culminated with a beach walk to Tangalooma Island Resort where we were able to watch the dolphin feeding from the resort jetty.

By the third day we were becoming accustomed to the relaxed island lifestyle and were sad to have to pack our bags and leave our temporary island home.  We took advantage of every remaining minute.  A delicious picnic lunch was enjoyed by all as we fished amongst the Tangalooma Wrecks, rolled down sand dunes, played touch football on the beach and developed our relationships with our peers even further.

Teachers and students both have commented since returning on the fantastic time that was had on the camp.  It was a great opportunity for staff and students to get to know each other outside the classroom.  The school would like to acknowledge the work and effort of Mrs Wilkie who organized the camp and the dedicated staff who came along; Mr Pei, Mr Addley, Mr Fisher, Ms Hill, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Oxenford and Ms Gorman.  The school also appreciated the assistance of Matt Van Orsouw who came along as a parent helper.  Here’s looking forward to another successful camp in 2016!

 

Cherry Hill - Acting Head of Junior Secondary