In early February I was pleased to join the Year 7 students as they enjoyed an action packed, fun filled three days in Port Fairy held on 17-19 February. It was a fantastic opportunity to get to know students and teachers outside of school and to further develop friendships. It was also a time for students to go outside their comfort zones, and it was wonderful to see students enjoying many new and challenging experiences.
Students canoed, surfed, snorkelled, boated and fished their way through the three days, as well as getting into the competitive spirit with high energy 'minute to win it' games on the Thursday night. We were joined by Victoria police youth resource officer Sergeant John Keats on the Wednesday night, who enthralled us all with his experiences in the police force, as well as sharing information about the different police roles and letting us inspect (and wear) his gear.
School chaplain Malcolm Ward also joined us and ran an engaging ?Drum Beat? session with the students with a focus on developing team work and collaboration.
The Year 7 camp would not have been able to run without the support of many teachers, parents and businesses and I would like to thank the following:
Teachers- Neal Simmonds, Annette Hickey, Malcolm Ward, Belinda Savage, Jason Beverage, Kristen Sheehan, Maria Petrou, Ben Waincymer and Rohan Keert
Community members and organisations- Sergeant John Keats, Warrnambool Police and Liz Murchovich, Port Fairy Anglers Club.
Businesses- Daktari Sport, Port Fairy Surf Shop; Jane Grimshaw Boat Charter; Warrnambool Meat Barn, Cobbs Bakery Port Fairy and Ritchie?s IGA and Southcombe Lodges.
A big thank you goes out to Archimedes Perriss for assisting Mr Simmonds and the students with the Canoes. Last, but not least, a special thank you to our fantastic parent helper, Kym Bingham, who singlehandedly fed us all of the three days, a great effort!