Surf's up for Year 10s
Term Four got off to a flying start for our Year 10 students as they journeyed south to explore the beautiful landscape of Phillip Island for a three-day surf camp! Accompanied by Mr O'Dwyer, Ms Doyle and Mrs Post, the students had a great time exploring all the Island has to offer.
The day one itinerary included an Antarctic experience, a visit to Churchill Island Farm and a memorable penguin parade experience that started with dinner and some interactive games as the group waited for the sun to go down. Mrs Post described it as a "beautiful experience" watching a couple of thousand fairy penguins exit the water and scurry up the beach to their homes, albeit a tad cold! Students also learned how damaging plastics can be to our precious environments.
Day two saw the students learn how to surf. With the aid of their wetsuits, they braved the icy conditions and endured a few bumps and dumps in two hours of surfing joy, whilst the non-surfers explored a waterfall on the beach and made some face paint out of volcanic rock. If you think that was enough exercise for the day, think again. The group then enjoyed a glorious hike up, up and up to view the amazing sights off Cape Woolamai. After the hike they had a game of Grumpy's mini golf and concluded an action-packed day with a delicious spit roast dinner.
With plenty of energy still in the tank despite a non-stop schedule, the group used their final day to explore a koala reserve where they were able to spot all nine of our furry native residents. After this followed a camp highlight – a tour and some fun in Panny's Chocolate Factory, made even sweeter by some free samples!
After braving Melbourne peak hour traffic in the rain, the group made it safely home; worn out but enriched by the experience. We thank the Bunurong people for letting us explore their traditional lands.