Middle School Camp
During Week 5 the Middle School headed to Kangaroo Island for a camp. The Monday kicked off very early, with teachers and students arriving at school at 6am to ensure they maximise their day by catching the early ferry. Students were not really sure what to expect as we walked up the ramp to board the ferry, with many nervous about seasickness. Luckily, it was a smooth ride and we were away for our four night, five day expedition to an amazing part of South Australia.
The camp was a combination of outdoor education and historical experiences. The students got to go sand boarding at ‘Little Sahara’, as well as, body boarding, snorkelling, fishing and hiking in the first few days. We made use of the good weather at the start of the week before the rain set in, testing our ability to put up a tent.
Students got the opportunity to visit the Kangaroo Island honey farm. Here they learnt about the production of honey and the process from hive to jar. We were lucky enough to do a tasting of different types of honey. Students were surprised at the differences the pollen from types of plants had on the flavour of the honey, with ‘Spring Gum’ being the overwhelming favourite. Other experiences included visiting the Eucalyptus Distillery, and landmarks such as Remarkable Rocks, and Admiral’s Arch.
Everyone got the chance to contribute to the community, sharing the cooking and cleaning loads while away on camp. It was a great trip of self-discovery for our adolescent students, with many being somewhere they had never been before, and involved in activities that took them well out of their comfort zone. It was great to observe their interaction, their relationships with each other, and the way they build community with the support of their peers. Many students commented that it was the best camp they had ever been on. We look forward to what next year holds.