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Camp Coolamatong Inspires Teamwork

26 May, 2015

St Michael’s Grade 6 students recently travelled by bus to Camp Coolamatong for four days of teamwork, fun and learning.

Camp Coolamatong is located on the Banksia Peninsula near Paynesville. The goals for the camp were;

  • To spend quality time with classmates and teachers in a setting that is natural and uncluttered
  • To promote unselfishness and consideration for others through cooperation and team work
  • To experience new activities in an unfamiliar environment
  • To develop independence and self-reliance through spending time in situations different to everyday life.

Grade 6 teacher, Katrina McInnes said, “A high emphasis was placed on T.E.A.M. (together everyone achieves more), which involved learning about respect, trust, working together and helping others.”

When asked students what was the camp highlight, Grade 6 student Jaslynne replied, “I loved the Tribes Game when all the teachers chased us while we were doing different challenges. It was very dark and great fun!” and Campbell said,” I liked all the activities especially canoeing and archery they were fun. I learnt how to paddle and use a bow.”

There were many activities for the students to experience such as canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, a night hike, low ropes, archery, feeding the farm animals, a boat cruise on Lake Victoria, games at the beach, cycling and bush craft. The bush craft involved learning how make a safe fire and then cooking damper, pancakes and popcorn.

Two of the highlights of the camp were the Disco which had a ‘Red Carpet’ theme and ‘Grade 6’s Got Talent’, where everyone was entertained by some very talented students.

School Principal, Cathy Blackford said, “The children have come back with new insights into what they are capable of and stories to tell. Not only have they gained new skills whilst on camp to enhance their final year at primary school but also their futures, thus ‘Learning for Life’.”


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Photo: Brandan, Aaron, Campbell and Sebastian working as a team whilst cycling