On Wednesday of Week 1 excitement bubbled as we filled the buses to escape the rain and head to Finniss for the inaugural Year 3 two-night Camp. We waved our parents goodbye and eagerly embraced the challenge ahead.
We arrived at Finniss to a much brighter day weather wise and were keen to get started on the wonderful activities that Lisa Rowlands, Outdoor Education Program Manager and the amazing staff had organised for us. The smiles, laughter and happiness echoed through the campgrounds as the boys became familiar with the environment.
The range of activities provided us with opportunities to build our skills in leadership, collaboration, teamwork, curiosity and perseverance. One favourite was making choc chip damper which we cooked on hot coals and then devoured very quickly! Mr Gelsthorpe’s group certainly relished in creating the sticky, delicious treat, covering themselves from top to toe in flour! Some groups managed to complete the whole orienteering course with their incredible mapping skills; certainly better than my sense of direction!
The joy the boys showed when independently setting up either their bunk beds or tent beds was evident. We were so proud of their resilience as they positively approached bedtimes on both nights. Even though sleep for staff was limited we were immensely proud of our boys!
The boys began their own personal journals that will follow them through their whole Outdoor Education experience at St Peter’s College. What a beautiful way to keep these memories.
When asking the boys what their favourite part of camp was, the majority answered ‘everything’. We all had the best time and made stronger connections with each other and took on challenges that we hadn’t done before. We showed adventurous spirit in all that we did! Well done Year 3 boys and staff.
Mrs Emily Rogers
Year 3 Coordinator