Year 6 Camp
On Monday 14th of August, the year 6 students gathered at Newman Airport, eagerly anticipating the flight and their arrival at Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp. The parents wished us all farewell and we were ready to board the plane. This included Timmy, or T-Fox as he was usually called, the class mascot, who joined in with almost every activity!
Once in Perth we travelled by coach to Bickley camp. The landscape was stunning, with bush, open sky and a heavily flowing river right on the doorstep. Once fed, we started the first of many activities. Some of the activities included: vertical climbing challenges; a crate climbing problem; a bushland search and retrieval mission, that soon became a search and rescue mission when our team-mates were “captured” by the enemy; a bushland exploration and orienteering trek; and last but certainly not least, a flying-fox transit (sometimes upside down!) across the fast-flowing river!
On Wednesday we visited Parliament House, the Electoral Education Centre, and the Constitution Centre of WA. As interesting as these sessions were, the highlight was seeing inside parliament house, where our politicians make decisions that affect our state. It was impressive to see the students showing respect for the venue and staff, thanking and greeting politicians who held doors and waited for us to pass. It was only later that staff and students realised that one of these politicians was former Premier Colin Barnett!
From the city, we travelled to Bounce, the indoor trampoline park and had two hours of non-stop fun and action, with a surprise visit from a former classmate! Thanks Mums for making this possible!
And finally, on Friday, we packed up our dorms and headed back to the airport. We were exhausted, thrilled, wishing to stay but also excited to return home to our families.
The camp was an amazing experience and I personally would like to thank Miss Jongen and Miss Ilich for attending, the Newman Primary School Administration team for planning and booking the camp, the parents and school community for supporting the camp fundraising.
Mr. Russell Chappelow