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Year 8 Camp

April 26, 2019

In the last week of Term 1, the Year 8 students went off on their Outdoor Education Camp to the Grampians. Starting in Halls Gap, the students hiked up to the Boroka lookout. We then got on mountain bikes and rode around Mt Difficult road to Smith Mill’s campsite, our home for the next three days. Both the hike and the ride were tough going, however, all students got there one way or another. It was a great effort travelling almost 30 km under their own steam from Halls Gap to our campsite. On the Wednesday students travelled by bus to Summer Day Valley where we are fortunate enough to have some of the world’s best rock climbing. All students had a go at either rock climbing or abseiling. It was a great experience for our students gain an understanding of real vs perceived risk.

On Thursday we took off on our big hike through the picturesque Mount Difficult range and across the plateau to Briggs Bluff. The weather was brilliant and allowed us to have some great views of Lake Wartook, the northern Grampians and the Wimmera. Students were tired, but managed to get through the 16 km hike relatively unscathed, and with a great sense of accomplishment. The students did a great job with their cooking, groups took turns each night cooking up their meals.  There was some top-notch bush tucker.

On Friday, we headed back down to Halls Gap where the staff at Tandara took us through a high ropes course. As usual this was a very popular activity with the students. It was a great way to finish off the camp. Well done to all the Year 8 students they performed brilliantly!