During camps week, a group of year 11 students ventured off to spend the week in Torquay.
Split into two groups, one led by Mr Smalley and Mrs Hamilton and the other led by Mr Furphy and Miss Speed, we participated in many activities during the week that were not only heaps of fun, but that also allowed us to gain a deeper understanding on the content that we were learning in Outdoor and Environmental Studies class at the time, giving us the specific knowledge needed to link our experiences into our studies.
We participated in surfing lessons on the Torquay main beach with Go Ride A Wave, and despite some dodgy waves we all made the most of it and had a ball.
Another activity was stand up paddle boarding at Barwon Heads, and due to some VERY competitive games that were played this was enjoyed by all.
We also went out to Queenscliff with Sea all Dolphin swims, much to their disappointment the first group didn’t actually see any dolphins but still enjoyed the day having the opportunity to snorkel and swim with the seal colony. The second group had a lot more luck actually seeing some dolphins and the day was enjoyed by all.
We participated in a conservationist activity with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee where all of the students weeded out some introduced Flax Leaf Broom from the Torquay main beach, which was a good learning experience for all and will help to conserve the environment and encourage the growth of more native plant species.
Canoeing at Swan Bay was also fun, learning about the natural environment and bonding with other students. Although the weather wasn’t ideal beach weather, we all kept open minds for each activity and went out there to have as much fun as we could whilst also gaining valuable knowledge to then use in our studies.
All up It was a great camp, and we cant wait for snow camp!
Blaire Johnston (11M) and Tara Lourie (11A)