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Year 4/5/6/7 camp

14/10/2014

​End of term 3 saw twenty-nine students from years four to seven boarding a plane at 6am and heading to Brisbane for four days of education and fun. Mt Tamborine Convention Centre, located amongst towering gum trees, with picturesque views looking back towards Brisbane, was home base for three nights.

The first stop on the ‘world wind’ tour was a boat trip on Moreton Bay and a tour of St Helena Island, an early prison. During the voyage, students had the opportunity to identify sea life and use microscopes and video cameras to study these animals further. Once on the island, students toured the ruins and discovered aspects of life in the 1870’s; living conditions of prisoners and settlers, farming (sugar cane was once grown there) and grazing, and the construction and purpose of the many buildings.

The second day gave students the opportunity to explore Southbank. They visited the Queensland Museum and Science Centre. In the Science Centre students attended a lecture on space exploration, solved a crime by completing challenging tasks and collecting evidence and finally, had the chance to experiment with the activities and experiments set up to demonstrate many different scientific concepts. To finish day two, students had the opportunity to hop on the Wheel of Brisbane and view the landscape from a height of sixty metres.

After visiting the enormous aquarium, the polar bear enclosure and ray tank at SeaWorld on day three, the students sat and watched the dolphins perform ‘Imagine’. Next, it was time to take on the rides: Storm Coaster, Jet Rescue and Viking flume ride. Some students even ventured on to the Carousel, Sea Climb and even the Air Sea Explorer! To top off a fun filled day, many students headed to Castaway Island to explore the rope maze strung through the trees. The day ended with a parent, bus driver and teacher taking on a motley crew from Calen on the Battle Boat Spectacular. 

The final day, and the highlight for many, was the visit to Movie World. The students had the opportunity to venture inside the venue before all other guests. They were given an inside look to what it takes to make the park buzz every day. Chris, our personal guide, demonstrated the use of makeup on Billy "Wolverine"  and critiqued Emmalese’s promotion of our school and district before all students boarded ‘Scooby Doo’s Spooky Coaster’. This was the first of the adventurous rides for many of the students.

Nights were also very entertaining for the four parents and teachers who attended the camp. Mr Duncan’s ‘Minute to win it’ was a production not to be missed with students taking on many novel but skilful challenges. Tuesday night saw the students being inspired by Miss Allen to perform advertisements displaying innovation, creativity and plenty of entertainment.

Thursday night saw all twenty-nine weary students, three relieved teachers, four extremely helpful parents and one bus driver, arrive home exhausted but full of stories about the wonderful camp they had just had just experienced.