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Mar 22, 2021

Year 7 Camp 2021

Year 7 students recently enjoyed their four-day camp at Tyalgum, a small rural township in the foothills of beautiful Mount Warning in northern NSW.  Despite the rain, students were able to engage in a variety of activities designed to test the limits of their bravery and comfort. Students and staff were able to tackle low ropes and high ropes, a thrilling flying fox ride, raft building and testing, canoeing and an overnight camp in tents.  Day activities also included orienteering in slippery conditions and archery. 

Placed early in the year, the camp provides opportunities for students and teachers to get to know each other better, and build relationships based on kindness and loyalty.  It was very satisfying for staff to witness these relationships blossom, but particularly to see such resilience and courage from our students, in the face of challenges made so much worse by the constant rain. 

Living communally, even for a short time, can be daunting, but the corridors and common areas of our accommodation were filled with laughter each night, and groups of students talking, listening, playing pool and card games and getting a better understanding of their new friends in a technology-free zone.  Yes parents, they can do it! 

Many thanks to the staff who accompanied students on this camp - Mr Steve Evans, Miss Nina Rudolph, Mr David Perry, Mrs Rachael Wilson, Mr Paul Rayfield, Mrs Janine James and Mrs Susan Rowe.  Thanks also go to the camp organisers who provided us with three delicious and substantial meals every day, which always makes thing better, especially when it seems like it will never stop raining.  Did I mention the rain?

Maura Boston

Year 7 Co-ordinator