On Wednesday 31 October, our Year 9 students headed off to Manjedal Activity Centre for their camp.
The highlight of the school calendar for many students and parents is the annual year group camp. This year our Year 9’s descended onto 282 hectares of pristine Jarrah forest at one of the state’s premier Scout campsites. Students participated in a wide range of activities which challenged them to show courage and perseverance.
We saw many of our students overcome their fears, completing activities such as underground tunnelling, 300-meter flying fox and a 30-meter rock climbing wall. There were also some outstanding examples of endurance and teamwork in the orienteering challenge and laser tag. Camps provide a great opportunity for students and staff to be in a different environment, share experiences and build relationships.
For some, the biggest challenge may have come at meal time. All students were required to plan, prepare, eat and clean up after every meal for the duration of the camp. Many students survived on a carefully selected combination of sugary snacks while others took the opportunity to create culinary history.
Every camp needs a theme and the theme of this year’s camp was GRIT. Grit is the character trait that allows an individual to set a goal and continue pursuing it despite adversity or failure. Grit is a key indicator of success throughout life. Mr David Pethick shared how this character trait is learned through experience. Much like a lump of coal being transformed into a diamond, it is developed by time, heat and pressure. Romans chapter 5 reminds us that trials produce endurance, and endurance produces character.
Year 9 is often seen as a transition year into upper school and I was extremely proud of the maturity, respect and sense of humour shown by our students throughout the camp. Our Year 9 students truly are an outstanding group of young people with a very bright future ahead of them.
Mr Scott Hewson