Last week 22 Year 11 students travelled to Hindmarsh Island to take part in a four-day Aquatics Camp. It was one of four camp options for our Year 11s to choose from – all held in Week 8.
Students took part in various team challenges, games, swimming, night hikes, mountain bike riding, surfing, kayaking, campfires, mini-night-Olympic games and a tour discussing the importance of the Goolwa Barrage and the significance of the River Murray in Australia’s history.
Although the weather conditions were challenging, it did not deter students from getting involved and having fun, experiencing personal achievement, successes and creating lifelong memories.
We had sunshine, blue skies, strong winds, rain, thunder, and lightning, but these did not interfere with students playing table tennis competitions inside, the piano, card games and general socialising. During a night walk, students were captivated by Mr Brown’s impromptu education about the universe – presented in a song form!
On our final day we headed to Monarto Safari Park. This year we had consistent rainfall during the entire visit – a first in six years of visiting Monarto. Our tour guide, Geoff provided some valuable insights about ways that Monarto promotes conservation of critically endangered animals. A highlight of the tour was driving through the open range enclosures and being extremely close to the cubs and lionesses in their natural environment. Geoff explained that overseas communities are raising funds by making and selling beads in order assist in the preservation of the lives and habitats or these remarkable animals. It was encouraging to see our students demonstrate their support of Monarto by buying the beads as we left.
We hope that this camp was enjoyable and gave our students new experiences and lifelong memories with friends.