After returning from camp, we focused our writing attention on preparing a recount of camp that we could then record for a podcast (audio recording) or vodcast (video recording). This was our first time learning to use this technology and we struck a few problems, which provided us with new learning experiences (we can learn a lot from our mistakes!)
All of our work has now been posted to the blog, and the list below is a summary of what you can see. Click on the links to be taken to the recording or video. Enjoy!
As I stepped off the bus at cave hill creek camp I was so exited as I could see every one else was to. We got into the common room witch was huge. We meet the manager Tim he told us the rules and we were set to go and get our bags and see our cabins.
!Tuesday! first day of real fun my 2 favourite activites were the bouldering wall and the bush walk to glut because I didn’t like the hut building. I liked the bouldering wall because instead of going up a wall wew went across the wall. I liked the bush walk because we got to go hiking and walk on trees and we saw lots of water falls.
A bad night turns into a good day because we had canoeing but the only bad thing about it was my partner Bethany kept on splashing me almost every time she put her paddle into the water it was anoeing. Other wise it was really fun and one of my favourite activites on camp one of my other favourite cativites on camp was absaleing. I was the first perrson to do it in my roup. It was really fun but when you get down you think the rock but when you first see the rock you think it is humungues.
8:45 after breaky it was inspections it was the last inspection for camp cabin 2 my cabin won the inspection so we got a big prize! My favourite activite on Thursday was the bikes because it was fun to ride through the bush. The only thing I didn’t like about it wa sthat I thought I was lost until I saw a sign that said bike track this way.It was our last activite for the day. I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy it but I did I only did 1 lap because Bethany didn’tm have a bike so someone had to swap with her so I did I don’t think Taliah didn’t want to do a second lap. Another thing I enjoyed on Thursday was the disco it was really awesome but there was only like 6 songs it was our last night there should have been almost 50 songs it should have gone for longer!
!Friday came at last it was time to go home but not time to stop activites we got to do 2 of our favourite activites on the last day but we weren’t alowed to do absailing or canoeing and those were the ones I wanted to do so instead I did low ropes because I also enjoyed that but I slipped into mud and I had to go and change my pants and it was time to change activites. I went to sports time but I didn’t really play games I sat in the shade and talked to the teachers.
My most memroble moment was geting 3 masages at the talent show on Wednesday night. My favourite thing on cap was bein in a cabin and tent with all my friends. I also enjoyed makeing new friends because I didn’t know some people in my cabin I made new friends with Jenifer in 5/6F, Ashley and Crystal in 5/6D!
I’m stepping off the bus I’m so excited I really can’t believe I’m at Cave Hill Creek camp and there’s so many people here. It isn’t at all like what I thought it was going to be. There’s a lake. Later around three fifteen we got time to settle in and meet the manager named Tim. He’s a really nice peron. For dinner I had lasagne I don’t like lasagne but I was starving so I ate it any way.
Tuesday morning at 7:00 am it’s rise and shower’s so everyone pretty much had a hour before breaky. I was group 5, the echidnas. Our first activity was bike riding. I liked bike riding because we got to ride a mountain bike and down really steap hill so it made it really fun.
Wednesday is my favourite day of the week, but was even better on camp because we had canoeing. I liked canoeing because we got to go with the teacher and jump into the water.Wednesday night we the talent show I was in the talent show I played 2 songs wich were hot cross buns and jingle bells. Some of the plays were really funny and got me cracked up and laughing. Some of them wearn’t really funny and got me board.
Thursday was fun because we got pancakes for breakfast and the echidnas had abseiling it took a while to get up the hill a few people didn’t do it when we got to the top of the hill I looked down and looked down again and thought if I don’t do it I might regret it so I did it and achieved it.
Friday the last day of camp finally we get to sleep in till 8:00 and breakfast at 8:30. At 10:00 on the dot it was inspection our cabin was freaking out but by the time it came to inspection there was nothing on the floor and we got 10 out of 10 for every thing we were jumping up and down and screaming we were so happy . For lunch we had hot dogs i had 2 at 11:30 we departed for Berwick Fields PS. By the time we got back at bfps it was 5:00 I was so dizzy that I couldn’t walk and couldn’t see I was so happy to get back home .
It has been a busy two weeks – but I hope that your children came home just as excited about camp as they were on the trip. They had an amazing time and really demonstrated how mature and responsible they can be, all while having fun!
It is amazing the difference that those extra two days make from the 3/4 experience. It gives you time to get into a real routine, forget about sleeping somewhere foreign and really mix with those around you. It was very weird to wake up on my own on Saturday morning, rather than having 144 children to tell me all about their day.
It was great to see everyone come back in buzzing about camp on Tuesday too, obviously rested on the long weekend. What most struck me though on Tuesday morning was the way different students were interacting with each other, thanks to the new bonds and friendships formed on camp. To me, that alone makes the camp experience all worth while. I feel I know all of the students a lot better, and I think they know each other better too. Especially those outside of our classroom, which is important as we all interact with each other this year across the 5/6 team. It also was a chance to see students in a different light. I can remember teaching many of our grade sixes back when they were in grade three, and boy have they changed! And that is an extremely positive thing.
Luckily the weather held out for us and we got to experience all the great activites Cave Hill Creek had to offer. It was great to be in the outdoors, away from the city. The setting is absolutely beautiful as you can see from the pictures below and the activities really lended themselves to using this environment. Students took risks and gave all the activities a go including canoeing, abseiling, bouldering wall, bike riding and the bush walk. Their confidence spurred us teachers on to try them all too… including the abseiling. I don’t know how the kids can be so laid back about climbing down the 10m wall backwards!
Keep an eye on our blog over the next week or two as we will be publishing a range of tasks we have completed about camp. You will find a video above that I have created; but over the week you will start to see the students’ creations. We have been learning about podcasting this week to enable us to do this. When we post our work, we would love you to comment on what is written, or ask some questions to find out more information. The students get very excited when they see that their parents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles have read and commented on what they have published.