Cycle 4 Camp- Hindmarsh Island
Throughout Week 5 the Middle School students were away on an aquatic based camp at Hindmarsh Island. We did something different this year and had the Year 9 students head to the campsite a day earlier than the Year 7 and 8 students. This was because the Year 9s completed a kayaking expedition where they packed their food, tents, sleeping gear and cookware into their kayaks and paddled up the Murray River for two days. The Year 9 students found the expedition quite challenging at times. One of the days they paddled 17km and braved strong winds! Despite the wind they loved the adventure.
The Year 7 and 8 students also went kayaking but their session was much shorter. They began the camp with a history walk where the river meets the sea, as well as going cockling for the famous Goolwa cockles that they could use for fishing later in the week. They met up with the Year 9 students on Wednesday afternoon and we all went for a surf together. All the students participated in team challenges such as raft building and completed a dummy rescue in the water.
It proved to be a great camp. It was good to see the students working together, rising to challenges and overcoming adversity. Maria Montessori believed that being away from home was vital part learning about oneself, particularly during the adolescent years. For this reason we try to take students on camps that are not only fun but challenge students appropriately. We are already looking forward to next year’s.