Year 11 camp chal­lenges the stu­dents and teach­ers

Stanthorpe Border Post - - HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS NIE -

ON Mon­day, May 14, we ar­rived at Pin­dari Dam camp, near In­verell, NSW.

The 45 Year 11 stu­dents and five teach­ers were psyched up for the sur­vival ex­pe­ri­ence await­ing them.

They were in for a week of sleep­ing in swags, liv­ing on ra­tions and less than glam­orous bath­room fa­cil­i­ties but were ex­cited to face the chal­lenge.

Form­ing stronger friend­ships, team­work, per­sonal re­silience and per­se­ver­ance and of course hav­ing fun were the goals for the week.

The Pin­dari Ad­ven­tures staff were highly sup­port­ive, en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to ex­plore their per­sonal val­ues, at­ti­tudes and goals.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded bush sur­vival skills, GPS hik­ing, twister bug­gies, boat ac­tiv­i­ties, a night walk through a rocky canyon and (for the very thick-skinned) a fly­ing fox into a dam.

How­ever, climb­ing the but­tress with the use of ropes and har­nesses was the high­light for many and a source of enor­mous per­sonal ac­com­plish­ment.

Our stu­dents showed per­se­ver­ance, courage, self-sac­ri­fice and mate­ship, im­press­ing the Pin­dari Ad­ven­tures camp lead­ers and mak­ing their teach­ers proud.

We re­turned to school on Fri­day, May 18 ex­hausted but elated.

There was a clear sense of hav­ing con­quered some­thing huge – a moun­tain in fact.

Af­ter this amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, stu­dents have iden­ti­fied per­sonal goals for their fu­ture and de­vel­oped close friend­ships.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one!

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

CHAL­LENGE AC­CEPTED: Kirby Morunga con­quers the but­tress.

Will and Ben in the twister bug­gies.

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