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Year 7 Camp

26/05/2015

Year 7s from Home Hill High set off to Charters Towers for their first high school camp last week. The camp was highly educational, while students had the chance to bond and reflect about themselves and their contribution to school life.

The students participated in high ropes challenges at Millchester State School and although a bit daunting the students overcame their fears, learned to trust and rely on others and experienced a great degree of accomplishment.  They also visited the Miner’s Cottage where they panned for gold and learned about early mining. Of course, no trip to Charters Towers would be complete without a visit to the Venus Gold Battery where the students were given a real insight to the life and times of the miners. That night, students experienced the “Ghosts after Dark” on Towers Hill and enjoyed the lights of Charters Towers.

Students roughed it (just a bit!), sleeping at the Charters Towers Distance Education facilities. On the Friday, students expanded their Agribusiness knowledge when they experienced the Texas Longhorn Ranch and learned about the longhorns and the breeding program. They had damper, learned how to rope, saw how saddles were made, had a wagon ride to view the variety of breeds on display and enjoyed some fine country hospitality. They were very impressed with JR, the longhorn who made it into the Guinness Book of Records with the longest horns.

The staff were so impressed with the students and the way they got so involved in the activities. They showed a lot of determination in conquering the high ropes challenge and learned a lot about themselves and each other. The excitement on their faces was clear when they found gold at the bottom of their pans. All in all, for our first year 7 camp, it was fantastic. The camp now fits in with the school’s overall camp program and will continue into future years and evolve to maximise the experiences on offer in Charters Towers and surrounds.