With a focus on risk taking and building resilience, the Year 9 Cohort ventured down to Douglas Scrub for the annual Year 9 Camp. The girls had the opportunity to mountain bike through Kuitpo forest and to climb meters off the ground, rock climbing. There were chances to leap off platforms high in the sky or to carefully move around the high ropes course in the tree tops. Problem solving activities, adventures course, billy cart building and racing were just some of the other opportunities the girls undertook. What the cohort was most looking forward to was setting up the tents and discovering where they would be sleeping for the night. For some, setting up and sleeping in a tent was a steep learning curve, while for others they discovered the importance of avoiding ant hills when picking a spot to call home. Regardless, it was fantastic to see all the girls involved and keen to brave a night outdoors. The camp also provided the students with a chance to reflect back on someone who had supported them significantly throughout their childhood. The girls spent some time acknowledging this contribution by writing a letter of gratitude to their chosen person. Although away for two days, the Year 9 students took part in all activities with enthusiasm, passion and a sense of fun. They continued to build resilience by taking part in activities that at times challenged and scared them, however reaped the rewards when they emerged successful.
Year 9 Pastoral Care Coordinator