Year 6 Camp Adventurers

Two groups of eager Year 6 students recently enjoyed an exciting adventure at Kerem Adventure Camp in Bullsbrook. The much-anticipated Year 6 Camp saw two of the four Year 6 classes attending Camp 1 from Monday to Wednesday, while the other two classes experienced the fun from Wednesday to Friday. A special highlight was Wednesday when all four classes were together, creating a lively and energetic atmosphere.

The students engaged in a variety of action-packed activities, including high and low rope courses, rock climbing, orienteering, and archery. It was heartwarming to see the Year 6 students building resilience, forming new social connections, and tackling physical challenges with enthusiasm. The camaraderie and genuine joy as the girls cheered each other on were standout moments of the camp.

It was wonderful to see the Year 6 students build resilience, make social connections and attempt new physical challenges. The camaraderie and genuine joy amongst the girls cheering each other on to take on new challenges was very special and a highlight of the camp. 

Principal Jennifer Oaten visited the girls at camp on Wednesday. “Year 6 Camp is a highlight in my calendar each year. I love seeing the girls away from school, being brave when facing challenges, and their smiles when they overcome these challenges. ” She said.

The camp offers a valuable learning opportunity outside the classroom. The students build wonderful skills throughout the camp, like learning how to collaborate. The camp assists students in developing their social interactions and use of soft skills like patience, sharing and inclusion. Teamwork was evident in all activities, with students consistently encouraging and supporting each other. The camp also encouraged bravery and self-discovery, helping students build confidence and independence as they took on new challenges.

Here is what some of the students had to say about camp:

What was your favourite part of Camp?

My favourite part of camp was when we did the spy games because it was really fun seeing the teachers being guards and trying to find the secret code with all of the clues that were hidden all across camp. Jasmine 6.9

Being able to spend time with my friends outside of school and all of the activities were amazing. I found it really fun to be able to sleep with my friends in a dorm and all of the free time that we had. All of the food was really nice and all the activities were really fun. Arianna 6.9

My favourite part of camp was the high ropes and also doing the spy games I liked doing the high ropes because I liked the feeling of conquering one of my fears, and I liked the spy games because I found it really fun and thought it was a fun game to play. Guiletta 6.10

My favourite part of camp was definitely the high ropes because they were really fun doing it with my friends and watching them be scared while I’m laughing! Liana 6.10

What Challenged you?

Something that challenged me on camp was doing the high ropes course because I am afraid of heights, and I kept getting scared when I fell. Since I was afraid of heights, I only did three of the obstacles, but when I did that, and I came down, I felt really proud of myself for trying something I wouldn’t typically try. Jasmine 6.9                                                                 

I was a bit scared on the high ropes because we had to walk along a tightrope and hold onto dangling ropes, but I managed to finish it. Arianna 6.9

The high ropes challenged me on camp, and I felt really good when I overcame it. It felt like I accomplished something. Guiletta 6.10

The rock wall was hard because sometimes there were bumps in the course, and it was tricky. I felt brave and strong when I overcame it. Liana 6.10

Shaping Future Leaders- Jennifer Oaten

At Santa Maria College, we believe that leadership is a journey of learning, not just a title or position. For over 80 years, our Year 12 students have been at the forefront of shaping our school’s culture through their leadership. As one cohort graduates and another takes the helm, the baton of leadership is passed, igniting the potential within each new group of young women.

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