Year 7 Orientation Camp
There was a mixture of excitement and nerves last week, as the Year 7s travelled down to Woodman Point for their Orientation camp. After a quick morning tea, it was time for their first activity. For some this was a nice relaxing swim or a self-directed session where they could enjoy a game of soccer, cricket or chess. For others, it was straight into the challenge of the flying fox or the rope climbing.
Over the three days, other activities included a coastal bike ride, a session of archery or a paddle down at the beach. There was also time to get to know each other through a game of Jenga, Uno or cards.
Often as I walked around the camp, there was a heart-warming sight of boys chatting, laughing and generally enjoying each other’s company. The Mazenod spirit was clearly evident at many activities, where boys were encouraging their fellow students to ‘have a go’.
The three days that the boys spent together saw new friendships being formed, fears overcome (especially with the flying fox) and a chance to get to know their teachers in a more relaxed setting.
We were very fortunate on Monday evening to have Fr John visit the boys and celebrate Mass with them. It was a beautiful time of reflection, prayer and coming together as a Year group. Father also had a chance the next day to demonstrate his skills on the basketball court against the students.
Tuesday night was spent with their Year 11 Peer Support Leaders who ran various team building activities. A big thank you to the leaders for their time and to Mr Beau Hemley for organising the evening.
An enormous thank you must also go to all the staff who gave their time and energy to make the camp a success for the boys. Their dedication and care of the students is very much appreciated.
Finally, I would like to commend and congratulate the Year 7s on how they conducted themselves throughout the entire camp. They were respectful and well-mannered and participated enthusiastically in all activities!
Head of Year 7