The much-anticipated Winton Tour was an adventurous and dynamic way to start Term 3!
Our Year 6 cohort spent many hours during Term 2 preparing for the outback experience and learning about Australian traditions through Banjo Paterson’s poetry.
The nine days in the outback did not disappoint our eager campers. Despite the chilly mornings and nights, the warm days were filled with exciting activities such as The Bilby Experience, visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Stockman’s Hall of Fame Gallery, Qantas Museum, visiting the Combo Waterhole (where Banjo was inspired to write Waltzing Matilda) and fossicking for gems in Rubyvale, just to name a few.
Our Year 6 cohort left for Winton with two specific goals in mind; developing their leadership and independence skills and forming new friendships. For many of our students, this was the first time they would be away from home. The staff and parents who accompanied the campers were extremely proud of the perseverance, kindness and teamwork the students showed during their trip. Each day was packed with exciting activities, which ensured the students were less worried about being so far away from home and able to make the most of the opportunities and experiences presented to them. Smiles spread wide across students’ faces as they became more familiar with the lifestyle and wonders of living in the outback.
Over the nine days, many of our students became increasingly independent. As each day passed, the Year 6 campers became more accustomed to preparing themselves for the day ahead and packing all the necessary equipment needed for the next day. Many students commented on their new friendships and the lifelong memories they were creating. Every student should be proud of the way they conducted themselves and we thank them for a wonderful and memorable camp. It was a pleasure to witness the teamwork and humility displayed as all students supported and encouraged their peers. We hope the experiences of the 2019 Winton Tour live long in the memories of our Year 6 champions!
Comments from some of the Year 6 students:
Camp changed me by helping me to become more independent and hard-working. It also helped me use some of the character strengths that I don’t usually use, like teamwork, more often. Lina Fang
Camp was a fun and exciting time with lots of learning experiences. I learnt to be less reliant on others and do things myself. Molly Read
Winton Camp allowed me to see firsthand how difficult and challenging it is to live in a rural community. Terry Kim
The Winton Tour gave me a chance to experience the splendours of the outback. I learnt many life skills and created memories I’ll treasure forever! Finlay Proverbs
Winton camp changed me. I now feel I am more independent. It helped me build stronger friendships with my peers. Max Tremolada
Camp changed my perspective on the outback! I saw how beautiful everything is and how many challenges the townsfolk face. I really applaud them for their resilience. Senay Sevimli
Year 6 Teachers – Kerrie Moore, Georgia Worters, Amanda von Kanel and Tim Collins