During Term 1, all Middle School students attend a 3-day camp to Batchelor Outdoor Education Centre where they are challenged physically and mentally through a vigorous program. This program is also designed to give both students and teachers the opportunity to strengthen relationships and build the school community.
As part of the curriculum, Year 7 and 8 students head on an adventure to Kakadu National Park for a cultural tour. This tour supports learning taught in Geography and Science: Landscapes and Landforms unit. Students participate in a range of activities such as bush walking trough a heritage listed parklands and viewing Aboriginal rock art. visiting the Bowali Information Centre, cooling down with a swim at the Cooinda Lodge pool and enjoying being part of the bush.
This camp enhances student’s knowledge and appreciation of Aboriginal people, culture and provides an exciting opportunity for your child to develop stronger relations and teamwork skills.
The Katherine camp is focused on exploring the Katherine Region as part of the Geography: Plans and Liveability unit, Year 7 and 8 students assess the livability of the region and visit: Cutta Cutta Caves, the Katherine Museum and Hot Springs, Charles Darwin University (CDU), – Katherine Vocational Education and Training campus. CDU give the students the opportunity to understand the skills required to work and live on a station within the NT and highlights the importance of the town of Katherine to the whole region.
The camp base is in the Nitmuluk National Park and students complete the Baruwei Lookout Walk and Katherine Gorge while building stronger relationships with each other and developing their team work skills.
The pinnacle of our Middle School camping program is the Year 9 Larapinta Trek which we have been running for over a decade. This is a much anticipated event where students spend 10 days together during which they travel from Palmerston to the Larapinta Trail, west of Alice Springs, and complete up to 100 kilometres of walking along numerous trails before returning home.
This trip fosters the development of greater independence and resilience within a safe and supportive environment and undoubtedly provides an opportunity for students to experience God through nature as well as continuing the development of healthy relationships between students and with staff.
Available parents are invited to attend the camp as assistants and join in the experience.