There were several highlights of the camp, since the students enjoyed different aspects of each day.
The Year 7 students toured various sites in Albany and had learning opportunities during their camp. There were several highlights of the camp, as students enjoyed different aspects of each day.
On Monday 9 August, we travelled by bus to Camp Kennedy Baptist Centre. Upon arrival, we settled into our dorms and acclimatised to the cold, damp, and rainy weather of Albany. In the evening, we enjoyed dinner, had Devotions, and watched a movie.
The following day, we visited the National Anzac Centre and Princess Royal Fortress. We were supposed to visit Mount Clarence, which is known to have a wonderful view of Albany. However, the rain and the cold had settled in for the day, so we couldn’t enjoy the scenic view of Albany. Our next activity was meant to be a leisurely nature site-seeing boardwalk from Middleton Beach, but we couldn’t continue with this plan either due to the prevailing weather conditions. After a change of plans and a quick phone call, we headed to Albany Indoor Adventures for some mini golf, climbing walls, and a Ninja obstacle course. The students enjoyed the fun indoor activities, whilst the staff were happy to be away from the rain by staying indoors.
On Wednesday morning, we travelled to Walpole where students went on the Tree Top Walk. In the afternoon, we headed back to Albany to visit the Whaling station, which all the students really enjoyed. The surprise of the day was visiting the Wildlife Park, where students got a chance to engage with the animals close up. We ended the day by having a straw tower building challenge before heading to bed.
The next day, the students visited the Wind Farm, the Albany Historic Museum and the Brig Amity. They had a great time exploring and climbing all over the ship. Followed by an afternoon walk on the main street of Albany (York Street), with a prolonged stop at a lolly shop.
On the last day, we packed up, cleaned up, and headed home. The Albany camp was a great experience for many students, and we received a number of positive comments regarding their behaviour.
Thank you to the Year 7 students for making the trip a great experience, and parents for your support before and during the trip. Thank you Mr Peletier and Mrs Jones for their work in organising the trip. Thank you Mrs Scott, Mrs Rode, Mrs Theaart, Mrs Murray, Mr de Bruyn, and Mr Marrell for their help on camp. Without our valued staff, this experience would not have happened for our students.