Our School Camp Program
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting our yr 3/4 students at Camp Manyung and a selection of our 5/6 students at Somers Camp. It was great to see what a fantastic time the students, staff and parent volunteers were having at camp. Observing the student involvement in activities and the interactions between the students and between the students and the teachers, it was clear to see the important role camps play in the social and emotional development of our students.
School camps play a vital role in challenging students, getting them out of their 'comfort zone' and putting them into stressful situations. As we become more aware of our students' mental health, we also need to be conscious of the positive role that stress can provide. Research shows that stress can be both a cognitive and a physical enhancer. Stress develops our ability to focus, improves our problem solving ability, increases our bodies reflexes and can improve our endurance.
The benefits of a quality school camp program can also include:
- Development of social skills
- Development of independence skills
- Development of decision-making skills
- Increased environmental awareness
- Increased levels of resilience
- They are heaps of fun
Whilst our students don't go away to camp until Yr 3, we run a camp program from Foundation to Yr 6 that provides increasingly challenging and independent experiences for our students.
- Foundation: breakfast at school, followed by a day of camp activities
- Yr 1: dinner and night-time camp activities at school
- Yr 2: sleep-over at school
- 3/4: 2 night camp each year
- 5/6: 2 night camp each year and the opportunity for a group of students to attend Somers Camp (8 nights) or Woorabinda Camp (4 nights) with students from our neighbouring schools
At Marlborough we pride ourselves on providing an engaging, holistic education that provides opportunities for students to develop skills and capacities to set them up for a successful life ahead. I would like to thank the staff and parent volunteers who attended these camps and provided these great learning experiences for our students.