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Year 8 Leadership Camp


​Some students giving each other

a helping hand

Last week, 84 polite, friendly and well behaved year 8 students, 5 senior buddies and 8 staff attended Year 8 camp at Camp Fairbairn – Emerald.

Camp was aimed at helping the transition from Primary to High School, developing leadership and teamwork skills that these students can help transfer to the year 8 cohort as a whole.

A 5:00 am start on Tuesday and a 3:00 pm return on Friday produced some very tired students and staff, but a very successful time. Most students were involved in activities with others they had not been to primary school with, nor sharing classes with this year. Most were out of their comfort zone with new areas of communication and teamwork. At the end of camp though, it was clear to staff that students are adaptable, with everyone having a good time experiencing new skills. We will continue to revisit and promote this to Year 8 during the year, and I encourage all students to constantly reflect on the lessons learned from camp.

Everyone experienced Canoeing, orienteering (rogaining), ropes courses, and raft building during the daytime sessions – each focussing on teamwork. Mackay High needs a bit more work on its raft building skills! And, No students got lost orienteering – can’t say the same for everyone.

Night time activities capped off busy days, again promoting the idea of working with new people. Mad Olympics, trivia and a garbage bag formal were all hits.

Everyone had to help prepare meals, cooking for 100 people. WOW. 2013’s year 8’s had big appetites and weren’t fussy eaters. Keep it up. We even got to celebrate some birthdays courtesy of Mrs Lyons and her cake icing skills.