Last week our students from Year 7 to 11 enjoyed their annual overnight camps. Come on through to see all the action!
Year 7 to Nowra for a high flying adventure
Our Year 7 students travelled south for their two-day adventure in Nowra. They enjoyed a challenging high ropes course at the Trees Adventure – Nowra Park, with many students overcoming their fear of heights as they ziplined through the canopy. Their second day included a beach hike along Kiama’s beautiful coastline to the Little Blowhole which was in fine form – spraying all who ventured too near!
I liked everything about the high ropes – it was challenging. – Ashton
Year 8 join the wild animals at ZooSnooze
Our Year 8 students enjoyed glorious summer weather in the city with a walk around the foreshore of Sydney Harbour on their way to Taronga Zoo. They were treated to an insider’s view of life at the zoo with behind-the-scenes animal viewings and keeper talks before bedding down under the stars to the melodious (??) sounds of the zoo at night.
Year 9 sleep rough at Slum Survivor
Our annual Year 9 overnight challenge – Slum Survivor – is highly anticipated by our students every year. This year’s intrepid Year 9 threw themselves into the challenge with gusto – nailing together shelters from wooden pallets and cardboard and then devising plans to achieve some “income” from the ICS student population who visited them to see their wares.
Year 10 make their way north
Year 10 set off on an outdoor adventure using nothing but their enthusiasm for life, Wollongong’s public transport system and their wits! They spent the first day completing a Race around Wollongong, navigating their way around on the free bus and trains, and undertaking various challenges along the way. Then they headed up the coast to Coledale camping ground where they pitched their tents and went for a quick dip after a long, hot day. Day 2 saw them conquer the Sublime Point escarpment climb. While they collapsed on the hill overlooking our beautiful city, Mrs Alexander gave a great reminder of how God can use the challenges we face in life to bring us into a deeper understanding of himself, ourselves and build in us an empathy for others. They hobbled(!) back down the mountain and were rewarded with a swim and some pizza before heading back to school. A great time was had by all!
Year 11 reach for The Tops at study camp
Year 11 students headed to The Tops conference centre at Stanwell Tops for their camp. They spent their two days learning about how to make the most of their last two years of school, through a number of seminars and workshops. But it was not all work and no play. They faced their fears on a high ropes challenge and let out wild whoops of delight as they soared through the evening skies on the giant swing over the trees of the Royal National Park.
Our camping program is such a success each year largely due to the efforts and enthusiasm of our secondary staff, who selflessly devote their time outside of school hours. We extend a huge thanks to them for the time they gave up last week to care for and engage with our students.