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Yr8 Transition Camp

Apr 27

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Thursday, April 27, 2017  RssIcon

On Wednesday to Friday the 8 - 10 (8A, 8B & 8C) and Monday to Wednesday the 13 - 15 (8D, 8E, 8F & 8G) of February, Year 8 Hallett Cove School students had the opportunity to participate in the adventure of a lifetime by going on Year 8 Transition Camp.

Students were based at Adare Caravan and Campsite - Victor Harbor, for the duration of the camp. All students sleeping in dormitory style accommodation with the boys lucky enough to stay in the heritage listed Adare House. Students were well looked after whilst on camp, with all main meals provided, delicious morning & afternoon tea’s and stunning views of the Victor Harbor area & beaches.

The morning of Day 1 on camp consisted of arriving and settling into the accommodation, dividing the Home Groups into smaller ‘tribes’ so that they could compete against other tribes for a ‘delicious prize’ at the conclusion of the camp, and then straight into ‘beach games’. Beach games included; sand castle construction, water & bucket relays, trench digging & water race, and beach relay races.

The morning of Day 2, students were again at the beach – this time participating in activities facilitated by a team of people from Surf Life Saving Australia. Students were able to gain valuable knowledge about Surf Safety and participate in Surf Life Saving activities such as; Surf Rescues, paddle boarding/surfing, flags and beach/surf relays.

In the afternoons of Day 1 & 2, and on the morning of Day 3, students rotated through a variety of ‘Group Dynamic/Team Based’ challenges facilitated by Adare staff members, to put their teamwork and communication skills to the test. Challenges included; Survivor Challenge, Treasure Hunt, Flying Kiwi, Brain Twister Relay, and Dry Raft Making.

During ‘free time’ students took full advantage of the facilities and activities provided on location at Adare including 8-ball/pool table, Poly-Pong table, and variety of skill based challenges. Night time activities included a walk to Granite Island and a Movie Night.

The purpose of the camp was to create an opportunity for students to develop relationships with their classmates, other students in their year level and staff members of Hallett Cove School (and have some fun along the way). By participating in the Group Dynamic Challenges, students were able to explore their own communication and leadership skills, whilst developing skills required to function harmoniously in team situations. The intent also being, that these positive/effective working relationships can be maintained returning back into the school/classroom environment.


Personally, I hope all students who took up this opportunity gained value from this experience – in know I certainly did! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students who participated and especially thank the Home Group staff for their contribution to the overall success of the camp.


Special thanks must also go to John Ovens (Student Counsellor), Bronwyn Phillips (Middle School Leader), and Mary Asikas (Principal) for their contribution whilst on camp.


Stuart Kenny

Assistant Principal

Year 8 Level Manager 



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