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Year 7 Camp

​On 6 June, the year 7 students embarked on a two-day camping adventure to Charters Towers as part of our Learning, Performance and Citizenship agenda. It was one of the first cold mornings that we had felt in the Burdekin, as students arrived at school early on Thursday morning ready for camp. After the farewells to their families, the eager and enthusiastic year 7 students piled onto the bus along with Ms Mavanna, Mr East, Miss Fritsch, Mrs Karagkiozis, Mrs Young and Mr Kingma. It was a two-hour journey to Charters Towers with the students eagerly awaiting their first activity.

It wasn’t long before we arrived at our first stop, the Texas Longhorn Wagon Tour, enjoying a morning tea of delicious damper and home-cooked biscuits. Students got to experience how to lasso and had fun showing off their great techniques. Students then climbed into the horse-drawn carriage and went for a ride around the station, seeing many different breeds of cattle. They met a very special Longhorn named JR. He once held a title in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest horns of any Texas Longhorn. They were also shown how saddles are made and how to artificially inseminate a cow! We ended the visit with a sausage sizzle and letter stamping and hopped back on the bus to our overnight camp destination at the Charters Towers School of Distance Education.

Students unpacked and made their beds before moving onto the next activity. After unpacking, an Elder from the Charters Towers Indigenous Community talked to the students about the history of Charters Towers and the shared connection to the land by traditional owners and the pastoralists. Students were given an insight into the significance of the ‘Didgeridoo’. They practiced some basic breathing techniques and how to use the different parts of the body required for playing.

Soon after, we hopped back onto the bus to go to the PCYC for our final activity of the day.  The PCYC Adventure Bound program involved Rockwall, Archery and a leadership session. The students were split into three groups to rotate between the three sessions. Each session took 45 minutes to complete and everyone participated in the activities. Then it was 6.30pm and time to head back for a hot shower and dinner.

Students had their showers and a delicious Subway dinner followed by some winding-down activities, team building and words of affirmation. At 10pm it was time for bed. Students and staff had a big day and another to look forward to the next day, hence everyone was asleep as soon as the lights went out. 

In the morning everyone had their breakfast, packed up and loaded the bus. We headed to Millchester Primary School where students were split into two groups for the three activities. Group 1 stayed at the school and completed the high ropes under a qualified instructor.  Every student challenged themselves and even teachers participated in the high ropes activity.

Group 2 took a bus trip to the “Miners’ Cottage” where they panned for gold.  Who would have thought that everyone would come out on top and strike gold?  At the Venus Gold Battery, students watched a visual presentation and were given an insight into how gold was processed in the early years of the Charters Towers Gold Rush. They were given a tour of the haunted gold factory where they learned about the history of the gold factory and how gold bars were made. Soon after, it was time to head home.

A huge thank you to Ms Mavanna for organizing the camp and the teachers: Mr East, Miss Fritsch, Mrs Karagkiozis, Mrs Young and Mr Kingma who made the camp possible.​