Week eight is great! How true this is for our students in Years 4, 5, 6,7, 8 and 9 who attended their respective camps throughout the week.
Our Year 4 students experienced their first ‘camp’ scenario with their sleepover in Girls Grammar’s MMPH followed by a day of fun activities instead of a regular day of school work.
Years 5 and 6 students headed to the beach with Year 5 staying at Cool Waters where they were involved in many activities around first aid, team building, trivia and talent shows and a visit to Cooberrie Park. Students in Year 6 attended NRMA Holiday Park where they engaged in fishing and reef activities, scavenger hunts and walks along Kemp Beach.
Photos of Primary camps are included in this week's Primary Report.
Our Year 7 cohort headed south to Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre where the focus was on developing personal and social capabilities, critical and creative thinking, and positive communication. They did so through many fun and engaging activities such as bush cooking, high ropes and raft building, just to name a few.
Also travelling to the coast were Year 8 who stayed at the PCYC. The focus for their time away was on mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation. The girls were provided with activities aimed at developing teamwork capabilities and skills to support their personal and academic goals in secondary school.
Our Year 9 girls travelled the farthest afield, heading west to Fairbairn Outdoor Education Centre outside Emerald. Here the girls were introduced to activities around personal and social capabilities and reflective practices. The girls enjoyed many team building activities with a high ropes course, catapult building, canoeing and orienteering activities on the agenda.
With so many of our students away on camp this week, I thought it fitting to write about the benefits for students attending such activities. At Girls Grammar, we believe camps are a vital part of students’ social emotional development which is why they are an integral and compulsory part of our pastoral care program. Camps help students develop independence, build social skills, resilience, and allow students to try new things, sometimes pushing them slightly out of their comfort zone. For some of our students, this may be the first time they have been away from family and their normal routine and this can be a great opportunity for them to gain confidence and feel connected with their peers. It allows students to build new relationships with their teachers and is also a great opportunity for teachers and students to get to know each other and build relationships outside of the classroom. It provides opportunity for students to prepare for leadership roles and show leadership among their peers.
I am sure you will be hearing all about the adventures and fun activities the students have engaged in whilst on camp this week, and hopefully provide some later morning wake ups as they catch up on their sleep!