From the Junior School

Ms Amanda Hall | Head of Junior School

Year 5 Camp

Our Year 5 students shared a memorable camp experience during their two-day adventure at Camp Cooby on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 October. Very early Thursday morning, our eager students, under the supervision of Mrs Gander and Mr Blake, embarked on a scenic bus ride to the tranquil Camp Cooby, nestled on the banks of the picturesque Lake Cooby.

Students were divided into two teams: Team Coby and Team King Bob. This division set the stage for some healthy competition and an opportunity to work closely with different peers, fostering lasting bonds. The heart of this camp experience lay in the various team-building activities that our students enthusiastically participated in, aimed to test their problem-solving abilities, communication skills, and collaboration. These activities were carefully designed to not only promote teamwork but also to boost self-confidence and resilience.

As the sun dipped below the horizon on Thursday evening, the sunset was something to behold before a delicious dinner followed by a gathering for marshmallows around the campfire.

Our Year 5 students returned with a sense of accomplishment, having conquered challenges and having strengthened their connections with their peers. Students reflected on their time at camp upon returning to the classroom and have shared some of their highlights below:

  • The challenges and tasks were exciting and involved a lot of teamwork. We saw an immense difference in our communication skills between the start of camp and the end (Stephanie McCosker)
  • All of the group challenges such as the leaky pipe challenge and the land mine challenge were challenging but rewarding (Finlay Brown)
  • The ‘Cooby Quest’ helped us learn more about each other and our strengths (Alayna Jones)
  • My favourite thing was raft building. We had to build a raft out of pipes, barrels and rope. We had to communicate a lot and we had so many great ideas (Bridgit Evans)
  • I enjoyed how nice the bush was on the property (Ari Hall)
  • The boys could all fit into one cabin (Lewis Lalley)
  • I wish that we could have stayed longer so that we could do more activities and eat more of the good food (Grace Ryan)
  • I loved how the Camp Cooby staff taught us to care for and listen to each other (Maggie Hempel)

It is hoped that the memories and lessons from this camp will stay with our Year 5 students for years to come.