2016 Camp Week – Year 7 (Toukley)

As we all well know, we “get by with a little help” from our friends. Our focus for Year 7 Camp was ‘Friends’: how do we make friends and how do we maintain those friendships in a healthy and supportive way.

In the evenings we spent time debriefing about our days and discussing the parts we found difficult and the aspects in which we found success and achievement. Over the course of the rest of the year, the students will continue discussing this theme in their roll call classes. 

This year the Year 7’s, accompanied by a collection of Senior School teachers and additional staff, made the journey down to Toukley to Camp Lutanda, a Christian organisation that specialises in creating opportunities for young people to push their boundaries and learn more about themselves.

The students took part in a range of challenging activities including a high ropes course, a Leap of Faith, a Giant Swing, surfing, quad biking and archery. Each of the activities was constructed in such a way that students were able to move beyond their proverbial ‘comfort zone’ within a safe and controlled experience.

In addition to these activities, each group took part in a series of ‘bush initiatives’, requiring the students to collaborate and problem-solve together in order to overcome a series of obstacles. Despite varying degrees of success, the students all actively developed their communication skills and demonstrated a willingness to trust and work with their peers in a constructive setting.

Each evening, after free time and a sumptuous dinner, the students took part in a collection of staff-run activities such as a Capture-The-Flag, a highly competitive round of trivia and a campfire on the final night.

All in all, the camp was a resounding success due in no small part to the efforts of Mrs Jones, Mr O’Hern, Mr Ross, Mrs Pannekoek as well as casual teachers Mr Jonny Dustow and Mrs Corrie Barton.