On the 16th-17th of February, students of the Year 11 cohort set out on their Senior orientation camp in Narrabeen.
Students in groups on Wednesday were presented to about changing their mindset to Senior school, to manage their psychology and self-talk to help manage stress and maintain their resilience.
Some memorable quotes from this presentation included:
“Strive for excellence, not perfection.”
“Do what you need to do even when you don’t want to do it.”
“Challenge the stories in your head that do not serve you.”
They tackled a variety of puzzles and problems in the Team Challenges activity, learning that they need to working together to meet challenges and that they are more successful together than working alone.
Following this, the grade participated in an SRC run trivia night where they were separated from friends into random groups, promoting the formation of new friendships and discovering each others’ strengths in different areas of knowledge.
On Thursday, they participated in some traditional camp activities such as Kayaking, Damper making and Archery. They learnt about the importance of pushing your limits and having fun in the process.
Finally to finish off the day, they wrote letters to themselves a year from now, and participated in a heart-warming grade bonding activity before popping back off to school.
Some of the big takeaways Year 11 students shared about the camp included:
“I learnt that I should focus on excellence, persistence, discipline and courage because those traits will get me to the place I want to be.”
“The next two years will be more enjoyable if our grade works together and is welcoming and open with one another”
“I made new friends during camp and it helped me not to base my first impression on them because they turned out to be completely different to my thoughts.”
“Cooperation with others requires taking others' needs into account.”
I am sure the Years 11 were very tired after their action-packed two day camp, but I am sure they are glad they had a chance to learn some valuable life lessons and make some memories with each other outside of the classroom.
We have a lot to expect from the Year 11s, now seasoned camp-veterans and resilient human beings!