Seven nights interstate looking after 21 children that aren’t yours, making sure they are safe, happy, fed, watered, sun screened, wearing clean clothes, washing their hair, getting ample sleep and brushing their teeth twice a day. On paper this isn’tveryappealingatall,butinrealitythisisourannualSydney/ Canberra Year six camp, and I love it.
The past week I have spent with our Year six students, Mrs Bain, the Year six students from St Joseph’s Clermont and Mr and Mrs Anderson and we had a ball. We visited many attractions in Sydney and Canberra and their behaviour was exemplary, we received many comments about how well-mannered and well behaved the students were. There were many highlights from the trip, the Taronga Zoo/Luna Park double to start the camp was popular as well as the visit to Pepper Stadium to watch the Penrith Panthers take on the Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon. We were very lucky to see both the House of Representatives and Senate sitting during our Parliament House visit, have morning tea with Lane Buffington from Ken O’Dowd’s Emerald office and receive a visit from Ms Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia. Our day at Perisher was magical, great falls of snow in the lead up and a beautiful sunny, wind free day when we were up there. Taking part in the Last Post Ceremony at the War Memorial is always a touching way to end the camp. This year was no different, the students showed great reverence, appreciation and humility during our visit.
Aside from all of the attractions visited my highlight is really getting to know the students on the camp. Being away with them for so long, morning and night, I always get to see a different side to the students. This year I was very impressed with the care and concern they showed for each other. It started on the flight down when one student was sick due to turbulence and other students were quick to make sure they were ok and offer assistance. At Luna Park I saw students take turns at going on rides they each liked so all of them could get to do what they wanted at some stage. Many other times
throughout the camp the Spirit of Jesus was alive in all of the students, and staff. I must add that as the week progressed the Spirit of Jesus in the staff needed a kickstart with a well brewed coffee on occasion, lucky drinking coffee is something they do plenty of in Canberra.
The good news is the planning begins today for our 2018 trip and dates are already locked in. Our Year five students will be at Emerald airport boarding that plane before we know it.
DANIEL MORCOMBE CHILD SAFETY CURRICULUM
Throughout this term, our school will be implementing the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum with students in Prep to Year 6. The curriculum is based on principles of best practice in child safety education and centres around three key messages: Recognise, React and Report. Through a series of lessons, students will learn how to recognise, react and report when they are unsafe or find themselves in situations that can have a significant detrimental effect on their physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing.
Information about the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum can be found at the link below.