Published on June 14, 2022

It’s that time of year again! The last week of Term 1 means only one thing for HVGS Senior School students: Camp Week!

This is the week where students in Years 7-11 get the chance to explore new environments, learn new skills, and make lasting memories with their classmates.

This year’s Camp Week had something for everyone, with each year group heading off to a different location for a unique set of activities. Year 7 kicked off the week with a trip to the School Rowing Centre, where they got to try their hands at canoeing and rowing. They also got to explore the stunning Glenrock Lagoon and take a hike up to Nobbys, followed by a refreshing swim at Merewether Beach.

Year 8 headed to the picturesque Ingenia One Mile Caravan Park, where they had a blast hiking through the stunning coastal landscape, taking a dolphin cruise, snorkelling, and even trying their hand at stand-up paddleboard yoga. They also enjoyed a thrilling 4WD bus tour and learned how to surf, making it an action-packed and unforgettable week.

Year 9, on the other hand, took part in Urban Challenge that really puts their problem-solving skills to the test. They explored Sydney, completing tasks and challenges that helped them build teamwork and communication skills, all while having a great time.

Year 10 students headed off to Glenworth Valley, where they explored the great outdoors through bushwalking, horse riding, and abseiling. They also had the opportunity to try kayaking, engage in team challenges, and participate in an exciting game of laser skirmish.

Through Action Learning Initiatives, Year 11 students tackled an array of thrilling outdoor activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, river sledding, mountain biking, and hiking. It was an adrenaline-packed week that tested their physical and mental strength and challenged them to push their limits.

“School camps in the senior years provide students with the opportunity to develop important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, and communication in a unique and challenging environment.”

These skills are essential for success in both academic and professional settings. Additionally, school camps allow students to bond with their peers and teachers in a non-academic setting, which improves overall morale and relationships within the School community.

Camp Week is always a highlight of the school year, giving students the chance to step outside of their comfort zones and try new things, all while making new friends and building memories that will last a lifetime.