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In Week 2, the Year 4 cohort ventured to the School’s Finnis campsite for our ‘Storm Boy’ themed two-night camp. In preparation for this exciting adventure, the classes read Colin Thiele’s famous book set in the nearby Coorong region.

The camp offered the boys a wonderful opportunity to see firsthand this unique ecosystem, with our trip to the Murray Mouth a highlight of our three-day experience. Many ‘Mr Percivals’ were spotted along the way, and the boys relished the opportunity to learn about native flora and fauna and even dig their toes in the lapping waves in search of the famous Coorong cockles.

Back at the campsite, the boys participated in a range of fun rotations, with activities including: baking delicious choc-chip damper, competing against one another in a range of traditional indigenous games, constructing some not-so-structurally sound architectural masterpieces during shelter-building, and even having the opportunity to kick the feet up and watch the recent remake of the famous ‘Storm Boy’ movie.

Whilst sleeping in tents was a new experience for many, it was wonderful to see the boys rise to the challenge and offer support and camaraderie to each other. The camp offered the boys the invaluable opportunity of further developing their independence and resilience, staring down the ever-present threat of mosquitos and having many a laugh along the way!

Julian Burke
Year 4 Coordinator