Our camping program provides students with the opportunity to be away from home for a few nights and build upon their independence. This week our Years 3 and 4 students headed off to Camp Manyung. There was lots of excitement and nerves all mixed in together on Monday as they headed off, and lots of big smiles from families too! I had the opportunity to head down to camp on Tuesday, and it was fantastic to see everyone working together and enjoying themselves. Like with a lot of our camps, Manyung is what I like to refer to as a challenge by choice camp. Students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone as much as they choose to and are encouraged by school and camp staff to step a little further than they might first want to. It was wonderful to see people taking those few extra steps along the high ropes, or ask to go just a little bit more on the giant swing.
The weather can always be a bit interesting at this time of year, however, being outdoors when you're rugged up and have a hot shower and warm clothes to change into provides a great experience and wonderful memories.
I would to thank all of our staff who attended the 3/4 camp. This is always a large event to coordinate and also spend two nights away from their own families.
Another fantastic event was our House Cross Country last Thursday. The weather tried to put a stop to it, however, the grit and determination shown by all of the students didn't let the rain stop them. Being able to share the experience of running with friends and the unique opportunity to do it in the rain was clearly plastered on most faces as they ran the course.
A massive thank you to Bonny for her organisation of the event, helped by her trusty sidekick Jane. Also, a huge well done and thank you to the parents and family members who assisted on the day. You stood in the rain and wind, without the benefit of the running, for an hour to make the event safe and fun for the kids.
New Business Manager
On Monday next week, Christina Penna will be starting as our new Business Manager. Christina will be working on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to begin with, however, these days may alter as she settles into the role and rhythm at Marlborough.
Long Service Leave
I wrote to families earlier this week, however, in case you have missed the Compass update, I have been approved for 4 weeks of Long Service Leave at the start of Term 3. Simone Ryan will be stepping into the Acting Principal role during my leave who will be well supported by the Department of Education regional offices during that time.