The Year 4 and 5 students spent two days at the Norval Uniting Church camp in Halls Gap this week.
Students had the opportunity for bush walking, archery, adventure games, orienteering, outdoor education, teamwork and a talent evening.
“The camp was a fabulous experience for students to develop resilience and perseverance, despite the weather elements working against them. They strengthened their team skills and increased their endurance levels. It was great fun all round and the students were well engaged and terrific!” Julie Gall – Year 5 teacher
Lesson for Life
“Building resilience, team skills, and independence were key life lessons that were the focus of this year’s Year 4/5 camp held at Norval Lodge in the beautiful surroundings of Hall’s Gap.
The inspirational vista of the magnificent Grampians were a constant reminder of God’s wonderful creation, as our students enjoyed a challenging and inspiring range of camp activities.
The groups rotated between Bush cooking, Archery, Orienteering, a trail walk and a set of team building initiatives challenges. While Hall’s Gap turned on its coldest, wettest and windiest week of the year, it was gratifying for the staff to watch our young people working together to overcome every challenge and make the most of each opportunity.
Tuesday evening’s talent search show was an outstanding success, with a surprisingly varied array of acts. A huge ‘Well Done’ to all entrants as well as to a very appreciative and well behaved audience.
The experience of being away from home was new and quite daunting to a number of this year’s campers. It was wonderful to see these young people face and overcome and to witness the support they were given by their fellow students. Each student was required to be part of a clean-up team to wash, sterilize, dry and stack the dishes after each (delicious) meal. The teams worked efficiently to convert each day’s daunting pile of dirty dishes into neat stacks of crockery and cutlery ready for use.
For the families of our campers, you will have already been regaled with tales about camp, and will probably also been asked to solve the puzzle of the sticks. (If not, then make sure you ask – a most perplexing challenge!).”
Alan Kirkman – Year 5 teacher