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A Year 12 Perspective on Year 7 Camp




Somerset Times Edition

Week 4, Term One, 2019

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On Thursday 14 February, a number of Year 12 students who hold positions on the Student Leadership Team went to Mount Tamborine to spend the day with the Year 7 cohort at camp. We were all buzzing with excitement, anticipating making some great memories with the younger students.

Once we arrived, we were put straight to work and spent most of the day split into house groups where we attempted many fun activities whilst having a severe case of déjà vu – many of us remembered our own experience of Year 7 Camp! The activities included origami, orienteering, boxercise, Dr Brohier’s famous meditation and concert preparation. We all had such an amazing time getting to know the Year 7s in our respective houses and were extremely happy with the support we were able to provide in these activities.

As the final activity concluded and the Year 7s were ushered to have their showers and prepare for their concert performance, the leaders, co-ordinated by the House Captains, set up luxurious dinner tables to give the Year 7s a surprise. Dinner gave us another fun opportunity to communicate with the Somerset class of 2024. Though, soon after the initial seating, sign language became the first preference as our voices were quickly drowned out and were lost amongst the other 120+ voices.

Finally a testimony to the time we spent helping each house prepare for their act, we were all thrilled by the commitment and teamwork each house showed throughout their performance. All acts were spectacular and though the trophy could only go to one house, Laver. The happiness and joy from an amazing and successful night was experienced by all, including the leaders and staff. We were so grateful to spend even just the one day alongside the Class of 2024 and were sad to leave them so soon.

On our way home, we discussed the memories we made, hoping that our presence on their camp will be remembered. On behalf of the leaders who attended the camp, we are all looking forward to spending the rest of the year solidifying the relationships with the Year 7s.

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