Tatura Primary School - Years 3 and 4 Kyneton excursion
More than 50 years 3 and 4 Tatura Primary School students headed off last week to Campaspe Downs in Kyneton for a two-night adventure.
Principal Susanne Gill said activities began after students excitedly found their roommates and unrolled their sleeping bags.
‘‘Under the guidance of the qualified instructors, the students engaged in many team building sessions including raft building, a low-ropes course and bush craft,’’ Ms Gill said.
‘‘Working together the students used barrels, rope and planks in an effort to create a sea-worthy raft, which was launched into shallows of the camp’s lake.
‘‘The students thrived on the opportunity to build new skills, and engage in new experiences.
‘‘Together they also worked in teams to build bush shelters, using ropes, tarps and natural resources.’’
Ms Gill said each group also participated in archery, indoor swimming, aero-ball (trampolining basketball) and the ultimate team challenge — the ‘‘mud run’’.
‘‘The mud run was a lot of fun, with children embracing all aspects of getting muddy as they ventured over and under nets, swung across muddy ponds and balanced along poles,’’ she said.
‘‘The evenings were entertaining, toasting marshmallows around the camp fire.’’
Ms Gill said the excursion was part of Tatura Primary School’s camps program and was the first off-site adventure the students participated in.
‘‘In Foundation the students enjoy afternoon tea at school; in Grade 1 they stay back for dinner and in Grade 2 they have a sleepover at school.’’
Years 5 and 6 — Creswick excursion
Tatura Primary School’s years 5 and 6 students ventured to the Log Cabin Camp in Creswick recently, which students described as an ‘‘adventure-and-a-half’’.
School captain and Year 6 student Ben Andonoudis said the students turned up with a mountain of clothes to travel to Bendigo for a tour of the old Central Deborah Gold Mine.
‘‘When we got off the bus excitement was in the air,’’ Ben said.
‘‘After a brief break and talk by the guides we went down the mines with our safety helmets on.’’
After 90 minutes exploring the old mine, the students returned to the surface and headed to Log Cabin Camp in Creswick.
‘‘After becoming acquainted with our cabin mates we headed off for activities,’’ Ben said.
‘‘One rather popular activity was the giant swing.
‘‘It was a great challenge for some to conquer these great heights, but most did.’’
A highlight of the trip for many was a visit to the lolly shop at Sovereign Hill where students also completed an education session, which Ben said gave an entertaining and factual insight into the life of the people during the 1850s.
‘‘(Sovereign Hill’s) sound and light show was a masterpiece of cleverly timed dialogue and narrations, which gave an almost-eyewitness-account of the Eureka Stockade,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a perfect way to showcase this horrible tragedy, which gave birth to Australian democracy.’’
Ben thanked the teachers and the team at Log Cabin Camp on behalf of the students for a terrific camp, which he said would be in their minds for years to come.