Year 11 camp challenges the students and teachers
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!
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Kirby Morunga conquers the buttress.
Will and Ben in the twister buggies.