The Year 8 Camp for 2019 saw us descend on Camp Kokoda at Lake Maroon in a beautiful part of South East Queensland in the shadow of the famous Mount Barney. This camp provider is well recognised as the organisation of the famous Kokoda Challenge and Kokoda Youth programs. Their outdoor education site is designed to echo the same principles of these programs and the Kokoda legacy: Mateship, Endurance, Courage and Resilience.
The Year 8 camp is a 4-day experience designed to test student’s physical and mental capacities. The goal is to not only challenge students to take on new and independent responsibilities, but to help them find small personal achievements and positive thinking that they can execute in their own personal lives. The camp is easily the highlight of the year for our students and is so vital for the Year 8 cohort to re-affirm old friendships and to build new ones with the new students who have joined us in 2019.
The experiences at Camp Kokoda include hiking, high ropes course, flying fox, abseiling challenge, canoeing and team initiatives. All these activities are designed to help build unity amongst the groups and cohort to support one another in facing their fears. Outdoor camping and cooking were a challenge for all, particularly with the extremely cold nights and high winds that they all faced but our students certainly stepped up and exceeded expectations in this regard.
The camp really does set up our Pastoral Care program for the remainder of the year and provides students with a positive experience that they can use to their benefit when facing more challenges in the future. I would like to thank Mr Jaeden Haas, Mrs Amy Atkinson, Mrs Sange Carter, Mrs Janelle Parviainen and Mrs Jennifer Gibb for attending camp with the students and Mr Togher for his assistance in the organisation of this experience.
Mr Jason Breese
Head of Year 8