Year 5 Sovereign Hill Camp – 27 February to 1 March
On 27 February all Year 5 students, Mr Andrew Clements, Mr Dale Hood, Mr Andrew Kearns, Ms Kylie Upton and I arrived at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat for a two night camp. We had an action-packed three days planned and made the most of being on site at Sovereign Hill in some of the best accommodation. Panning for gold and shopping for some of the home-made confectionary were high on the list of things to do. We also visited the gold pour and watched a $160,000 gold block being created. Three of the students were lucky enough to hold it, closely supervised by the Sovereign Hill staff. We enjoyed a live theatre production, a horse-drawn coach ride, sampled the yummy pastries from the Hope Bakery, experienced the Blood on the Southern Cross light and sound show, and imagined living on the Goldfields of the 1800’s. It was a terrific way to live the current inquiry unit being explored in Year 5. It was also a great time for all 27 Year 5 students to get to know their classmates even better.
Year 6 Cave Hill Creek Camp – 15 March to 17 March
Living in the bush, ‘glamping’ and camping together with Mr Dale Hood, Mr Lachlan McKenzie, Mrs Katherine Aldcroft and I was the Year 6 introduction to Cave Hill Creek. We ventured into Raglan, near Beaufort, for a fun-filled two-night camp and the opportunity to explore living in the great outdoors. All of the students had a wonderful time canoeing, bike riding, abseiling, hiking four hours across Mount Cole and then pitching tents at Richards campground for a sleep-out under the Milky Way before returning to Cave Hill Creek on Friday. The food was delicious and there were many memorable moments. The Year 6 students have had no trouble recounting their numerous stories.
We thank Mr Andrew Clements who has coordinated both camps and ensured that all students and staff had a fabulous time. We also thank Mr Dale Hood who drove the bus for both camps and was a great leader during this time.
Year 4 Camp — 27 April to 29 April
Year 4 students will go on their camp next term from Wednesday 27 April to Friday 29 April (just after ANZAC Day).
Parent Network Welcome Barbecue – 9 March
Thursday 9 March was a marvellous night for an evening of meeting and socialising with primary parents at the Parent Welcome Barbecue. Several parents from Year 4 to Year 6 joined together on the Kinnoull oval to catch up with old friends and welcome the new. The Year 11 and Year 12 Applied Learning students lead by Mr Tim Hogan and Mr Dave Murray cooked a delicious barbecue for all in attendance. Some of the funds raised from the BBQ will go towards purchasing family packs to feed hungry families in the local community and the remainder donated to the ongoing fundraising for the Philippines trip later this year. It was a fantastic evening where parents and students alike enjoyed the chance to socialise. A special thanks to Mrs Cate Robertson and the Parent Network for this great initiative.
Mrs Anette Phillips
Director of Primary School