Melbourne Camp – Year 5

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Congratulations to the students in year 5, on their fabulous behaviour on this week’s 3 day school camp to Melbourne. We had a great time because everyone was so willing to cooperate, do the right thing and make this a fabulously fun experience. We went to the brilliant Melbourne Icehouse where 20 students started off shakily on iceskates, and ended up speed racing each other by the end of the 2 hours. A special mention to Mrs Butters who lasted way longer than Mrs Brown or Ms Murnane, and who actually made it across the ice with only one fall. We then went on a one hour cruise down the Yarra River, followed by a really interesting tour around the MCG. We finished off that night with a visit to Laser Skirmish where the teachers were well and truly silenced by cheeky children who were determined to make sure our laser lives were short. A game of 10 pin bowling and an icecream at Southbank, finished off a fun first day. Both the laser skirmish and the 10 Pin Bowling are located in the Galactic Circus, the largest indoor interactive theme park in Australia.

On the remaining 2 days, we saw a brilliant 3D movie at IMAX called Ghosts of the Abyss.This movie is about the TITANIC and movie director James Cameron’s dive to the bottom of the ocean, some 3.8kms deep, on an adventure back to the final grave of this beautiful ship, almost a century ago. “In this unprecedented motion picture event, made especially for IMAX 3D Theatres, Cameron and his team bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking 98 years ago and explore why the landmark vessel – more than any shipwreck – continues to intrigue and fascinate the public.”

We then took part in a role play at the Old Melbourne Gaol, called a Courtroom Drama, followed by a really interesting tour of the Gaol itself. This included lots of information and a couple of ghost stories which made the hair stand up on the back of our necks. During the afternoon, we visited the Melbourne Zoo where we managed to see Mali, the baby elephant, still playing with his mum. Dinner that evening was at Universal Pizza in the famous Lygon St in Carlton, where we enjoyed pizza and pasta – all you can eat. (Ask Paddy how many slices of pizza he managed to eat!) We finished day 2 with a trip to the top of the Eureka Tower, which includes a very fast trip up in the elevator, which covers 8 metres per second!

Our final day was spent at the Melbourne Museum, seeing the Titanic Exhibition. “This fascinating exhibition features over 280 real artefacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re creations and personal stories; each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912.” An hour and a half at the Queen Victoria Market, completed our awesome visit to Melbourne and we arrived home after a 3 hour train trip, to the Warrnambool Railway Station. This trip was an awesome experience and thanks must go to Mrs Butters who did the bulk of the organisation and to the beautifully behaved students who allowed us to have so much fun.

Snorkelling, Stingrays, Seals, Surfing and more..

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See the stingray in the bay stingray

What a great location we are at for our year 8 camp, in the beautiful, layback Apollo Bay township. Accommodation is at the ecofriendly Beachfront YHA – a magnificient building that is less than three years of age.

Students have settled in well, and despite the heatwave affecting the rest of the state, temperatures here have been a pleasant 27 degrees or so.

Transport

The VLine bus brought us via the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay stopping at the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Lochard Gorge and Twelve Apostles. This gave us some early photo opportunities to catch scenic attractions. At midday, we arrived in Apollo Bay.

Activities

  • snorkelling on a reef, where a huge stingray was sighted. Students were soon relocated on the sheltered side of the harbour, where the water was crystal clear. Fish, starfish and other sea living creatures were all spotted.
Out into the seaside mist of Marengo Bay

Out into the seaside mist of Marengo Bay

  • Kayaking in Marengo Bay. Students were paired up to use kayaks to work their way to another reef, where a colony of seals swam with them and their kayaks. The rumours are that one seal was as big as a cow! Only one kayak capsized and the two boys were soon back in their kayak. Students returned to the beach area with many exciting tales!

  • Surfing was the final activity of the day – one many of the students thought was the best. It was great to see some students master a short kneel or actually stand ing on the board!
  • three girls surfing on the beach

After a bbq tea, it was back to the wharf for some fishing. The boys were keen to catch squid. However, they were not to be found. Instead there was a huge stingray swimming around and an octopus caught on the rod. It was soon sent back to its home in the sea.

See the octopus that was returned to its seaside home. octopus at the jetty

Rubicon Camp – 9/10 students

The cold, icy weather of the past few days will ensure that there are good snow falls and cover at Lake Mountain, where the students who are attending the Rubicon camp will ski.

Remember that you can check out any required information by visitingthe Rubicon Outdoor Centre website. Students need to be in Warrnambool to catch the early morning train at 5:40am. Once they arrive at Southern Cross station,  Fallons buslines will take them onto Rubicon. All costs of transport, food, snow gear and hire, activities and accommodation are covered in the camp fee that has been paid.

Minimal pocket money is required for breakfast on Monday 13th May and for lunch on Friday 17th May on their return journey home. Thank you to Mrs Gow and Mr Grey for being the staff in attendance. Best wishes for a great camp to the year 9/10 students who are going.