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Wonthaggi Secondary College

“Achieving success in a caring and creative environment.”
1 May 2019

Year 7 Camp 2019

On the 4th, 5th and 6th of March, a record-breaking number of Year 7 students from Wonthaggi Secondary College’s Dudley campus attended their annual Year 7 camp at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort. We departed from school at 9.30am on a sunny Monday morning, prepared for all weather and ready for a fun-filled three days on camp.

Arriving in our vast numbers, we sorted out room allocations, hurriedly ate our packed lunches and had a quick assembly meeting to outline the arrangements for the week. Our first afternoon included three activities, with students sorted into 15 activity groups. Impeccable behaviour from our Year 7s meant a timely start, with students giving activities such as the flying fox, an 18 metre high giant swing, canoeing and archery a try. Monday evening included our first sit down dinner for over 250 students and 21 staff, followed by an evening of entertainment including sports games and a newspaper catwalk show. The creativity of students was amazing this year, with entrants to the dress up competition making everything from wedding dresses to animal and angel costumes out of nothing but some newspaper and a bit of masking tape!

Tuesday was another beautiful day weather-wise, with students waking bright and early for their second day of activities. After a breakfast of as much toast and cereal as they could eat, students split into their activity groups to try more activities, including team-building sessions such as raft building, team rescue (involving the rescue of an unfortunate headless mannequin named Donna) and an initiative course. Tuesday evening was movie night and so after dinner, our Year 7s donned their pyjamas and brought their pillows along for a viewing of either Tron or Coco before heading off to bed.

Wednesday was a very early start for the Year 7s, as we squeezed in as many activities as possible before heading back to school in the afternoon. The weather was not quite as idyllic on Wednesday as it had been over the last two days, so unfortunately our groups set to go swimming and to the beach were given indoor alternatives, while some of our most adventurous students still went ahead with canoeing and raft building. The wind was so strong that our lake turned into something of a wave pool and our water activity groups had a challenge on their hands! We went back to school in the afternoon and had lunch in the school gym (another wet weather change of plan) before students were collected by their families.

The Dudley campus Year 7 team would like to thank the Year 7 students for their positive attitude throughout camp and their willingness to try so many new activities. Further to this, we would like to say a huge thank you to all staff and parents/carers who enabled us to take such a huge group this year – a great time was had by all.