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Year 11 Camp

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

On Monday May 16 the Year 11’s excitedly waited for the buses to arrive to travel to Camp Jungai in the Rubicon Valley. This was the first camp the group had experienced prior to the pandemic which made it extra special. Our first quick stop was in Healesville to stretch our legs before driving through the Black Spur where students took in the view of winding roads covered in lush green ferns and Eucalypt trees.

After arriving at Camp Jungai, students unpacked and then took part in different group activities. This was a great opportunity for students to experience the beautiful Australian Bush during a 6km bush walk. While the weather was cold, and at times rainy, the students rugged up and took part in all activities included canoeing, high ropes, bush skills where students made a fire and built a shelter, a night walk, boomerang throwing, a cultural session where students took part in learning about our different native trees and their uses, created soap from the ‘soap tree’ and learnt about indigenous spices, life and culture. ‘Aunty’ shared her indigenous culture and was a knowledgeable presence throughout the duration of the camp.

The last night culminated in a Disco Bingo fun night where students had to take turns to work in teams, compete individually, complete dance challenges and other tasks. A fun evening was had by all.

While the organisers at Camp Jungai were very accommodating and the food delicious, after a few very cold days, students were ready to head back to the comfort and warmth of home.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the dedicated staff who came to camp and made it the experience it was. Thank you to Mr Shepherd, Ms Guarino, Ms Markus and a special thank you to Ms Athaide who participated in her second camp over a three week period. I would also like to thank the Year 11 students who took part enthusiastically and allowed themselves the opportunity to grow, work collaboratively and experience new things. A big congratulations to William Nawfal and Armani Alkichani who achieved the titles of best campers.

- Ms Maureen Vitetta


A student’s perspective

Camps are amazing places to try new things, learn new things, and bond as a year level. Despite the cold weather and challenges, we had a great time together learning new things and participating in activities. Everyone had the opportunity to "survive in a forest" by building a shelter, have fun canoeing while attempting to win all challenges, challenge themselves to climb in high robes, and walk in nature while solving some interesting riddles. While all of the activities were enjoyable, cultural activities were other things that provided us with the opportunity to try new things and learn more about indigenous culture and beliefs. All of the activities at this camp were enjoyable, but my favourite was the Bingo Disco Party, where we had to earn points as a group by winning at bingo and completing interesting tasks. This party provided students with the opportunity to wear disco themed clothes and participate in fun activities such as dancing, "fighting," or juggling, with the winner earning points for the group, which was extremely fun. As a result, the camp provided excellent opportunity for all students and staff to try new things and have fun while learning new things about others and themselves. - Amani Alkichani

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