Reaching new heights and limits

IGS outdoor education camps allow students to develop important skills which build tenacity, confidence and consideration of others.

Coming to the later part of their Primary School years, our Years 5 and 6 students recently embarked on their outdoor education programs with excitement and joy.

Year 5 made their way to Stanwell Tops Convention Centre for a hands-on two-day program designed to the School’s focus and year group. The site-based, programmed activities, led by qualified and certified instructors and IGS staff, included archery, a climbing wall, mountain bike riding, bush walking and additional team-building initiatives.

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A key outcome of the camp, including the climbing wall, was that students developed further trust in their peers. Students were assigned to groups at random, encouraging them to form new friendships and connections within their year group.

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“Camp was very enjoyable because I tried things that I normally wouldn’t have, and I also felt very safe in the activities,” Charley Challis said.

“I enjoyed how the camp leaders encouraged us to push beyond our comfort zones, and I learnt about trusting my friends,” Toby D’Arcy added.

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Personal achievement was another key outcome for the camp, as well as supporting the achievement of others.

“I enjoyed helping people in my group achieve things,” said Maya Isbister.

“Outdoor education camp is like a flower blooming, because you bloom every activity that you do,” added Katerina Mitsis.

For Year 6, the camp at Crosslands Convention Centre introduced them to the School’s Outdoor Education Program that occurs in Years 7 to 9. Here students also enjoyed site-based, programmed activities, including high ropes, canoeing, flying fox, bush walking and group initiatives.

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“We were in random teams for all of the activities, which was really enjoyable to work with different people,” said Tiggy Marchbank.

“In the zip lining activity it was great to see people overcome their fears of heights and go beyond their comfort boundaries.”

“We had lots of scavenger hunt activities, which tested the teams mentally and physically, but were useful for us all to learn to work together,” added Kai Schlaefle.

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