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The Inaugural Year 3 Camp

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Week 5,
Term Four, 2016

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Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to camp we go. With 72 excited and nervous students Tyalgum Ridge Retreat was the perfect setting for our first Year 3 camp.

During the three days and two nights the weather was brilliant and the students got to experience many challenging activities in this peaceful location. As we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly faces of the retreat staff and a lovely morning tea. The students were split into four activity groups and we were ready to burn off some energy.

Our first activity for all groups was the rock hopping. We hiked down Heartbreak Hill to the rock pools where the students were encouraged to explore the pools by getting wet and dirty. We soon found out why it was called Heartbreak Hill when we had to hike back up the hill to return to camp for lunch.

Students learnt how to collect sticks and build a fire from them in order to cook their own damper, during the camping skills activity. Many students accomplished personal challenges by participating and completing the low ropes course and the flying fox. We also enjoyed hiking to the waterfall, archery, team building, orienteering and an experience with some farm animals.

During some spare time in the afternoons we all got to enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool or a run around with the sports equipment. The nights were very entertaining with Space Jam being the movie of choice for our first night. While the second night we held ‘Year 3’s Got Talent’, where dabbing, bottle flipping, dancing, jokes and magic tricks seemed to be the popular choices for the event.

As Friday lunch came the students were tired and ready for the trip home. The teachers were so impressed with how well the students behaved and cared for each other throughout the three days and would like to thank all the staff at Tyalgum Ridge Retreat.

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