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Exploring the Wilderness: Year 7 Camp 2024

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As the new school year kicked off, anticipation and excitement filled the air for our Year 7 students as they prepared for the much-anticipated Wilderness Escape Camp. Set amidst the picturesque backdrop of Dzintari Campsite in Normanville, this immersive experience promised to be a highlight of the transition to secondary school.

Held over Week 2 of Term 1, the camp provided students with a transformative two-night adventure, fostering camaraderie and resilience while supporting a seamless transition into Henley High School life. With a focus on building relationships within their House and across the year level, the Wilderness Escape Camp set the stage for lasting friendships and memorable experiences.

The excitement began early, as the Principal, Mr Tony Sims and Assistant Principal for Learner Growth Accessibility, Ms Kim Kloeden set the challenge to the students by snagging the first 3 fish during a jetty fishing session, followed soon after by Ms Hambi catching the only squid of the camp. Their success set the tone for the adventure that awaited.

Throughout the camp, students engaged in a diverse range of activities designed to challenge their boundaries and ignite a spirit of adventure. From conquering Challenge Hill to navigating High Ropes and Low Ropes courses, every activity was carefully curated to promote teamwork, problem-solving, and personal growth. Thrilling adventures awaited with the Adventure Tower, featuring exhilarating experiences like the Zipline and Rock Climbing, pushing students to reach new heights—both figuratively and literally.

The Wilderness Escape Camp was divided into two sessions to accommodate all students. Camp 1, scheduled from Monday, 5 February to Wednesday, 7 February, welcomed students from Florey and Mawson Houses, while Camp 2, running from Wednesday, 7 February to Friday, 9 February, hosted students from Lowitja, Mitchell, and Oliphant Houses.