On Wednesday 16 August 2017, 62 happy campers (otherwise known as our awesome Year 4 students) and six excited staff members departed for Tyalgum Ridge Retreat. For many students it was their first time sleeping away from home, but all were looking forward to three days full of adventure, fun and fulfilment.
The majestic sight of Mount Warning provides a formidable background for the beautiful 400 acres that form Tyalgum. With a wide range of challenging activities, there was something for everyone. High flying zip-line, beautiful rainforest walks, group initiative games and archery allowed all students to demonstrate resilience, show persistence and experience success. The flying fox and high ropes allowed the thrill-seekers a rush, whilst cooking delicious damper over a campfire proved a favourite activity for many of our campers. Hearty meals were provided in both the indoor dining room and outdoor eating area, and everyone passed the rigorous room inspections with flying colours!
Camp provides an ideal opportunity for students to work collaboratively whilst learning about themselves. Being brave and participating to achieve our personal best was a key goal for us all and everyone rose to the challenge. Being a risk-taker, whether it is achieving the highest course on the high ropes or spending the night without family, is a key attitude during camp activities. It was enriching to watch the growth of independence and life skills in only three short days away, and students and staff are to be congratulated on a wonderful camp.