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Year 7, 8 and 9 Townsville camp roundup


​As the students eagerly dashed onto the bus, you could feel the energy in the air. The kids were abuzz and primed for a fun-filled camp, the teachers caffeinated to the eyeballs. Activities began with a frolic in the beautiful blue water at Horseshoe Bay, followed by a delicious chicken salad. Back on the bus and two hours later we arrived at our accommodation to set up camp. After dinner the first night activities provided laughs galore as students participated in Minute-To-Win-It games. Bridgette, displaying her amazing cup stacking skills, stole the show.


The next morning, after pancakes, maple syrup and more caffeine, we headed off to Reef HQ. Students broke off into groups and were given a guided tour around the aquarium. They each had the chance to observe, touch and learn about an array of fascinating marine creatures such as marine turtles, brittle stars, sea cucumbers and crocodiles. They even let us out the back to see the Turtle Rescue Centre!


Next up was the Museum of Tropical North Queensland for a history lesson. Students were given free time around the Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibit and much to our surprise, several students were eager to fill out the voluntary fact sheets. This was followed by the tale of Pandora, a sunken ship in the Coral Sea. Students were able to see old artefacts retrieved from the wreckage and other natural history displays. The students were particularly excited to find a slippery slide incorporated into the exhibition. After this, we piled back on the bus and stopped in at the Strand for a swim and some relaxation before heading back to camp.


On night two the teachers were happy to escape cooking duties, however the kids for some reason were even happier???  Everyone tucked into some hot pizzas before heading to Kingpin for some bowling, laser-tag and arcade games. This was a great night and finished with an awesome display of generosity and friendship as Bethanie was gifted thousands of points from all her mates. It was of course her BIRTHDAY, and she traded her points for heaps of fabulous prizes.


Day three started with caffeine, Barra fishing and conquering slides and obstacles in the Water Park. Students were eager to show off their well-honed fishing skills. By now you have seen the proof! Fishing photos were quickly forwarded to Mr Ray! Nothing like rubbing salt into the wound. Some students were so enthusiastic they chose to keep fishing, rather than stocking up on adrenaline in the Water Park. Dale was the champion fisher on the day with three nice fish caught and released. Young Jack also caught a whopper (posted in last week’s newsletter).


We then travelled to the local Wildlife Sanctuary, where students were given the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with some native Australian animals. They were excited to pat a koala, snake and wombat. Despite a bit of rain, the students were really interested in interacting with the animals and learning some new facts along the way. We finished up the day with a visit to trampoline world. Everyone had a blast! There were some great back flips and students got a few laughs watching the teachers practise their front slips… I mean flips.


On the last day, the students clambered onto the bus and curled up in their seats. No caffeine required today!!! We made a quick stop in Bowen for lunch by the beach, before arriving safely back in Calen.


We are proud to report that we received some great feedback regarding the behaviour of our students from many of the places we visited. Well done, boys and girls! We’d also like to give a big thank you to Sandy Gardner for organising the whole affair as it went off without a hitch. Another big thank has to go to our two prac student teachers (Matt and Rhea) and our bus driver, Cathie . Your help was much appreciated and the kids enjoyed your energy and enthusiasm.


The Calen Camp Staff