And what a trip it was...
On Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October twenty one Year 9 students attended the end of year camp at Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre. After a three hour train ride and 20 minute ferry down the Hawkesbury River the students arrived at camp, were placed into their dorm rooms and met Jen, their camp guide for the week. Despite persistent drizzling rain the students participated in archery with a number of students showing a keen eye and steady hand. The weather began to improve as the students split into small groups and took part in an orienteering challenge throughout the camp grounds. During the evening, part of the group congregated around the beach fire to toast marshmallows while the rest participated in some night fishing catching two eels and two Wobbegong sharks (and promptly releasing them back to the wild).
On day two the group arose early to go on a morning bush walk to view a beautiful sunrise. The students soaked up the lovely sunshine and took part in some raft-building activities and went canoeing in the picturesque Broken Bay. Following lunch the group challenged themselves with the ‘Ropes Course' and the ‘Flying Fox'. A number of students overcame their fear of heights and participated in the activities with the support of their peers, which was fantastic to see. The group were able to bond with Blaxland High School for an exciting and entertaining games night which saw new friends made and enjoyment had by all.
The following morning we made the steep hike to the top of Bravo Rock to promptly abseil back down. The views at the top were breathtaking and once again a number of students took a step outside their comfort zone and challenged themselves both physically and mentally. Following lunch the students said goodbye to their camp guide and made their way home. I was extremely proud of the students' positive behaviour, encouragement of their peers and their manners and respect for the teachers and camp guides. They should all be proud of what they achieved and they were commended by the organisers for their maturity and being positive role models for Corrimal High School. Thank you to Ms Wood, Mr Abbott, Ms Chalmers and Ms Hay for taking the time to attend and for all your assistance over the three days. I look forward to the opportunity to take this fantastic group of students on further camps over the coming years.