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NUMBER 1, 2016
From the Headmaster

I would, of course, like to take the opportunity of Macarthur’s first term time Bulletin to welcome you all to the 2016 School Year.  In doing so it is wonderful to welcome back students and families who have been with Macarthur a while but also, and especially, to welcome all the students and families that are new to Macarthur.   There are a substantial number of new students to the School this year, right across the year groups, and so I pray and trust that your beginnings at the School might be smooth and enjoyable.

The new school year has begun with Transition to Year 6 students in their classes while Year 7 to Year 12 students have enjoyed the various Outdoor Education Camps.  The camps always provide wonderful memories and great stories. 

I trust that you had an opportunity to read my email early in January about the truly outstanding HSC results.  The Year 12 cohort from last year need special congratulations.  If you have not been able to catch up can I suggest you click on this link to look over the results. 

It is particularly wonderful this year to again see the strength in results right across the cohort.  While there are exceptional results in the top bands, the academic results from across the ability bands has been particularly pleasing.  Students have value added in all ability bands reaping the rewards of their hard and constant work.

It was wonderful to be able to honour Robert Archer, the Dux, at the Commencement service earlier this week.  It was also a great honour to have Dr Yayan Mulyana, the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, attend the service to present Ellen House the award for coming First in the State for Indonesian Extension.  The School was also thrilled to receive a trophy for our overall outstanding Indonesian Language results.  Language study is certainly alive and well at Macarthur.

Wishing all a very productive 2016.

David Nockles

From the Deputy Headmaster

News Flash!! Children and teenagers don’t always appreciate what they have. While in the Blue Mountains one vacation I came across this great sign that captured the issue exactly:


                                    Tired of being hassled by your parents?

                                    ACT NOW

                                    Move out, Get a job,

                                    Pay your own way…

                                    While you still know


I bought it immediately. It hangs prominently in our games room…a reminder to the omniscient members of my family of possible alternatives to the privilege of living under my roof.

And so I am not surprised when occasionally I come across one of your children who has a ‘chip on their shoulder’…or sometimes both shoulders and is ‘too cool for school’. Like all children (and most of us), they never truly appreciate everything they have.

So I am particularly delighted when I catch up with former students a few years after they have left school. Almost every one of them I meet gushes about how they should have appreciated their school life and their teachers more. And they’re right…No university and no workplace will love and care for them more than Macarthur, because like their own homes, teachers will love and care for them even when they are being unlovely and doing their best to be unlovable. Teachers who cannot accept that this is part of a teacher’s role in an independent school are in the wrong vocation. The pastoral side of teaching, like parenting, takes great patience and giving up on students is not an option.

One recent conversation I had with a former student was particularly enlightening. She said, ‘I never realized how well our teachers prepared us (for university). How to write and properly reference an essay…things that seem so elementary to me and my Macarthur friends, present huge learning curves to my uni friends from other schools. When I get together with my Macarthur friends we talk about these positive differences our schooling made….because no-one at uni is going to sit down with you and teach you these things.’

I am encouraged to hear such testimonies (and I hear them often), particularly as it ensures that students have a better chance of ‘staying the course’ in their academic pursuits.

One young man who ‘used to know everything,’ and particularly butted heads with the recently retired Mrs Low (because of the ‘stupid’ library and uniform rules), now runs his own café…with ‘uniformed’ staff. I have to laugh when I see him occasionally regale a Macarthur student and lecture them on the benefits of staying at school and appreciating it.

So dear parents, there is hope for all of us. As Mark Twain famously wrote, ‘When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.’

Happily, we all grow up.

Andrew Kokic

From the Dean of Studies

Cultivating a Growth Mindset Among Students

One of Macarthur’s goals for 2016 is to establish a growth mindset among our K-12 students.  We are keen for our students to take responsibility for their own learning, recognise their strengths and weaknesses in each of their subjects and know how to improve.  We want students to embrace challenges, see mistakes as learning opportunities and develop scholarly independence by reflecting on their work and valuing feedback.

As such, the work that students do in class will be given more weight from an assessing and reporting perspective.  We want students to use their class time to learn to think deeply so they can understand the content and concepts they are learning and not just remember facts.  Teachers will encourage students to ask questions, take academic risks and critique their own and their peers’ work.  Creating a learning environment that fosters research and innovation is also a key goal for 2016.  We are committed to developing students to their full potential.

New Ways of Assessing Student Learning

In addition to the summative (assessment of learning) tasks (assignments, tests, projects etc) that students will complete, teachers will also gather information from formative (assessment for learning) tasks.  While this is no different to previous years, teachers will place a greater emphasis on these latter tasks.  Teachers are also exploring ways to make class tasks more appealing, engaging, challenging and relevant for students.  We want to create learning environments in which students have the capacity to become alternative thinkers, who enjoy their learning and are inspired to learn more.  It is also critical that students learn how to communicate effectively and collaborate with others as these ‘soft skills’ are the type of skills that students will need for the future.

With the increased emphasis on assessment for learning, there will no longer be Half-Yearly Examinations for students in Years 7-11.

Assessment as learning will also be a focus for 2016.  This occurs by reflection on their learning and monitoring their progress to further improve.  Teachers will support students setting their own learning goals for each of their subjects at varying intervals throughout the year.  Kindergarten to Year 6 students have been successfully implementing Learning Goals for the past two years and teachers will be encouraging them to reflect on each day at school.

The 2015 graduating class worked hard to develop self-efficacy and scholarly independence.  Here are some of the comments they made about aspects that helped them succeed.  These comments demonstrate how the students took responsibility for their own learning. 

  •  “Not being afraid to ask teachers questions was crucial…this is the only way I could really improve” (Robert Archer)
  • “Knowing my weaknesses and always communicating with my teachers helped me. Letting them know what I was struggling with was important” (Tracy Gidiess)
  • “Setting goals and not being afraid to change them helped me” (Jarrod Alchin)
  • “Getting excited and passionate about my subjects helped me stay motivated and want to continually learn” (Danielle Santos)
  • “My way of learning is to teach people and explain it to others – this really help me clarify my thoughts” (Abbey Glover)
  • “The questions you get wrong and get feedback on are the ones you remember next time” (Ellen House)
Melissa Gould-Drakeley

From the Dean of Students

Gold Duke of Edinburgh - New Zealand

Perfect weather accompanied the 2015 Gold expedition as they traversed the 68km Kepler Track reaching a height of close to 1500mtrs.  At this height, the views across the Fiordland’s of the South Island are spectacular and our team was treated to these magnificent views across the top of Mt Luxmore throughout the length of the Day 2 trek.

At this level of experience, Gold students are required to complete a four day hike completely self reliant, carrying all supplies, first aid and warm clothing.  All students completed the expedition without any cause for concern and were elated when they finally reached the end and were able to shower and enjoy a hearty meal for the first time in four days.  This time is always full of laughs and you tend to see the best and worse of people as we live together in close quarters for the entire time.  I can confidently say, that every student who participated on this hike are of resilient character and are able to face trying conditions with confidence and appropriate humour.

Well done to those who have completed this final hike as a Gold Duke of Edinburgh candidate.  This is the culmination of at least three years of hiking on and off since starting Bronze and I am hopeful that the other components of the Gold Award will be completed before the end of the academic year to be presented by the NSW Governor in 2016.

Many thanks to Stuart Hughes and Karen Williams for accompanying the team with me and facing unique challenges themselves throughout 2015 in preparation for the Kepler Track.

Angus Youth Roundup

It is always exciting to see students excel in areas of interest outside of the classroom.  During January I attended the Angus Youth Round up in Armidale.  This industry event is designed to introduce and develop young cattle enthusiasts in the beef industry.  Over 200 Angus Youth members  attended and learnt a range of cattle handling skills as well as visiting feedlots and taking part in lectures outlining current industry practice. 

A number of Macarthur students attended and allowed the formation of three teams to represent the School in competition against other teams  in the school’s section.  Richard Cartwright, Stephanie Hennings and Austin Ebeling completed a range of activities resulting in an accumulated points average far beyond their competitors.  In recognition of this an Angus steer was awarded to the School to be paraded and judged at the Scone Beef Bonanza in October.

Richard Cartwright also received a special award - the Merridale Aspiring Breeder Award - and as a result is the recipient of an outstanding Stud Heifer to form the basis of a Stud Angus herd.  It was wonderful to see our Agriculture Captain attending this event and I have asked Sean to report on further results which appear later in the Bulletin. It was a great thrill to see so many Macarthur students and their families taking time to attend this event during their holidays and we look forward to seeing their new found skills in action.

Tim Cartwright



Car Park Matters

It is amazing how many work-related matters I forget over the summer break. Faces are familiar, but names escape me. Codes and phone numbers used everyday have fallen completely out of my head and can’t be recalled.

It seems that many parents have much the same difficulty when it comes to remembering car park etiquette. The problem is that proper use of the car park is critical to the safety of our children.

The designated pick up and drop off point in the school car park is NOT a place to park and leave your vehicle.

Parents who walk their child to and from school should park their vehicle in one of the designated spaces only. And no student should ever enter the car park unaccompanied by an adult.

By observing this very simple rule we will ensure the effective flow of traffic and more importantly, the safety of all the children. Please play your part.

Andrew Kokic

2016 Snowsports Programme

The Snowsports Programme is open to all students from Year 3 to 12 and caters to all levels of ability, from first-timers to advanced skiers and boarders.

The purpose of the programme is to enable students to learn or develop their snowsports skills and/or give students the opportunity to compete in the NSW Interschools Snowsports Competition.

Due to accommodation being very limited in the snowfields during the holidays we need to know numbers early to ensure there are enough beds for all interested students.

For further details regarding Snowsports please click the link below

An informal parent information night, for new parents to snowsports, is to be held on Thursday 18 February 2016 from 7.00pm in the Chapel.

Deposits will be due by Friday 26 February 2016 and can be made on try-booking

Should you have any questions regarding the programme please feel free to ring me on 4647-5333.

Scott Bedingfield

Extended Leave from School

By law only the Headmaster may grant an exemption from attendance at school and only for a small number of reasons.

If you wish to take your child/ren out of school during term time for a family holiday you must write to the Headmaster seeking permission ahead of the intended leave.

For other circumstances where exemption is being sought, as outlined below, parents must apply directly to the Headmaster using the official application form for an Exemption from Attendance (available on the School’s website).  The circumstances where parents may seek exemption are:

  • Exceptional domestic circumstances subject to being satisfied that this is the best educational interest of the child.
  • Other exceptional circumstances such as health of the student where sick leave or alternative enrolment is not appropriate.
  • The child is prevented from attending school because of a direction under 42D of the Public Health Act 1991.
  • Employment in the entertainment industry or participation in elite sporting events for short periods of time i.e. for one or two days and at short notice.
Please note that under the current legislation a Certificate of Exemption cannot be issued after the absence has occurred and the absence will be recorded as ‘unexplained or unjustified absence’ without the ability to change it retrospectively.
Angus Youth National Round Up 

For young aspiring Angus breeders and producers, Round Up is the event of the year.  Angus National Youth Round Up is an event where enthusiasts from the ages of 8 through to 25 (some with no cattle experience) come to compete.  The 2016 Round up was in Armidale in the Northern Tablelands of NSW and ran for four days.  We learnt skills of parading, public speaking, cattle judging and other cattle handling and skills of the Angus breed.  You also learn cattle grooming techniques and the way Studs operate at shows.  As well as these things there are also fun activities such as the Barnyard Olympics and the special Dinner Dance.  

One of the best things about Round Up is that you don’t need to have your own cattle to enter the event.  When you get there you are “billeted” cattle.  You are assigned an animal from a Stud, and this animal is yours to look after for the four days, with guidance and assistance from the Stud owner.

As a school we did extremely well at the Angus Round Up.  This year Richard Cartwright, Stephanie Hennings and Austin Ebeling won a steer for the School Show Team to take to the Scone Beef Bonanza.  Richard also won a heifer for himself and third in the Herdsman competition.  Grace Jansen came fourth in Junior Judging, and Stephanie Hennings came fifth in Parading.  Jack Jansen received a second highly commended for Parading.  Adam Ebeling was part of the winning team (Zoetis) and was also a first highly commended in Parading.  Abbie Jenkins was also part of the winning team (Zoetis).  I received a first highly commended in Parading and the Herdsman competition Encouragement Award.  All these awards mean that everyone from school who competed at the Angus Youth National Round Up won an award.  All parents, students and teachers of Macarthur should be very proud of the students that competed at the show.

Sean McIntosh - Agricultural Show Team Captain


Student Achievements

Congratulations Julia Kokic (Year 11) who, after attending the Young Writers Day at Western Sydney University last year, entered their Young Writer’s Day Competition and was one of five winners.  Julia had to write a short story which was sent to the University where it was judged by a University elected panel of five judges.  Julia’s prize was an iPad and a conditional scholarship for undergraduate study at the University.  Well done Julia!

Over the January break Macarthur student Jade Errington (Year 8) was presented a medal for winning the Thunder Girls Cricket League Under 17 Spring Season Competition.  Jade plays for the Bankstown Cricket Club.  The presentation of her award was at the innings change of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) game between Sydney Thunder and the Melbourne Stars played at Sydney University on 17 January 2016 in which Sydney Thunder won.  Jade is pictured here with Claire Koski (Year 12 2008) who is the wicket-keeper for Sydney Thunder.  It seems that Jade is following the wonderful trail of Claire’s illustrious career in women’s cricket.  Macarthur congratulates both Jade and Claire on their wonderful achievements.
From the Junior School Canteen

I would like to thank the new parents who have volunteered their time to help out in the Canteen this term.  If other parents or grandparents would like to help out in the Canteen please do not hesitate to contact me on 4629-6244 or email:

If you are sending food from home which requires cutlery please don’t forget to send a fork or spoon in your child’s lunchbox.

The Canteen is also trialling a new flavour in the twisted yoghurt variety - mango/strawberry.

Marilyn Rowe - Canteen Supervisor

From the Head of Junior School

Welcome to our new, or welcome back to our Junior School students for 2016.  We are very excited to be starting  another year of learning and growing together.

It has been wonderful to meet the many new students and their parents over the past two weeks, including a Meet the Teacher Evening on Thursday 11 February.  I do hope their time at Macarthur will be enriching and we look forward to a long and happy partnership.  

Our youngest students in Transition and Kindergarten are already very settled and happy in their new classes and are starting to feel confident in their new learning environment.

A few gentle reminders:


A reminder that no jewellery other than watches, medic alerts and approved badges are permitted.  


It is often harder to remember after a big holiday, however, students are reminded that they need to wear their uniform with pride as they enter and leave our school each day.  Boys should ensure they have their shirts tucked in and socks up and girls need to have their hair tied back and off their face.  It has been pleasing to see the majority of students looking very smart as they leave each day.

Please be mindful that we are a nut aware school.  This means that students are encouraged not to bring food that has or contains nuts to school.  This is because we have several students who have allergies to nuts and we want to keep all children safe.  Your assistance in doing this is greatly appreciated and perhaps if your little one loves Nutella or peanut butter, this could be a great afternoon treat when he or she arrives home.

MindQuest Opportunity

The 78th MindQuest Programme is to be held at St George Girls High School on Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 April.  MindQuest offers thirty-seven exciting courses for gifted and talented students in Years 1-6.  The fast paced and challenging programme is designed to enrich and extend students of similar interests and abilities.  Some of the courses include ‘Young Writer’s Workshop’, ‘Young Scientist’, Mummies and all that Stuff’, ‘Fun, Foam and Floaty Bits’  and ‘Egyptology.’  If you would like an application form or more information please contact your child’s class teacher.

Kylie Elling

2L Chapel - Memory Verse

LEGO - Living Everyday for God Only
From the Head of Middle School

A Great Start to the Year

A warm welcome to both existing and new families to the school in 2016.  I hope that you and your families have had a wonderful time over the holiday period.  As we look at the term and year ahead, 2016 looks to be another exciting and adventurous year for the students in the Middle School.

All students whether at camp on in the classrooms have had a very wonderful start to the term.  Friendships have been reunited or begun and routines have developed.

Setting goals for the students continues to be a significant planning and organising tool.  If you would like to find out more please feel free to contact Mr Davies or any of the teachers.

I encourage both parents and students to visit the School Website and Calendar to keep updated for the term ahead.

Prefects and Student Leaders

Congratulations to the Year 9 Middle School Prefects and Year 6 Student Leaders on their induction into their roles for 2016.  They have taken on an opportunity to serve others in the school community through their role, modelling and application through the year.  They will participate in a Training Day on Monday 22 February where they will learn the importance of communication, problem solving, empathy and characteristics of good leadership.

Neil Davies

From the Head of Senior School

It has certainly been a most successful start to the new calendar year in the Senior School.  Students are still talking about their school camps and the opportunities to challenge themselves.  I have no doubt that students have learnt a great deal about themselves and the things they are capable of achieving.  Thank you to the wonderful staff who spent time with our Year 10-12 students over the last week.

Examination Term (Year 12) and Homework

It is difficult to believe that Year 12 are already thinking ahead to examinations this early in the new year.  However, Summer Term is an examination Term for Year 12 students.  One of the best strategies to overcome the stress and pressures of examinations is to be well-prepared and to start your preparation early.

For study or homework to be effective students should be doing a little bit often across all subjects. As a guide students should be completing the following amount of study or homework each week:

Year 10:  10 hours per week

Year 11:  12 hours per week

Year 12:  15-18 hours per week

Senior Study Nights

Senior study night provide the opportunity for students in the Senior School to use the School facilities outside school hours.  They are nights that are supervised by Macarthur staff and run from 4.00pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, with a half hour dinner break.  The Library is normally open until 4.00pm each day.  This is an ideal time for those students that want the support of a structured environment to assist in their studies, the use of a wide range of resources or struggle with procrastination.  An information sheet, including costs, was sent home to parents last week by email.   Payment can be made using this link


Congratulations to those students who have obtained their Provisional Driving Licence over the holidays.  A reminder to parents and students that in order to drive to or from school students will need to apply for approval after they obtain their license but before they start driving to school.  Notes are available from the Heads of School Office.  Driving is a privilege and it is important that students appreciate the responsibility.

University Visits

Students in the Senior Years are strongly encouraged to be thinking about their life beyond school.  As such on Monday Year 12 attended at the University of Wollongong Discovery Day.  This was a highly motivating day and has given our Year 12’s a lot to consider.  In Spring Term Year 11 visited a number of University’s including Western Sydney, Sydney and NSW.

Scott Bedingfield





Year 7 Camp

The camp, Yarabah,  in Morisset was the destination for the Year 7 camp with Year 11  as Peer Support leaders.  Yarabah is an exciting camp with a variety of outdoor activities which provides a good setting for students to get to know each other better.

The staff there are sensational workers, who prepare amazing dinners, breakfasts and lunches.  They also have the best stories to tell from their own life experiences that entertained us.  We had Peer Support groups, bible studies and lessons on God.  

The activities there were so thrilling all of us wish we never left.  There are two spots we go to, to do these.  We were accommodated at another site at Wyee where we also had well organised evening activities such as a Challenge Night and a Sing Down.  We experienced great heights on activities such as the Dual Flying Fox, the Super Drop and the Giant Swing.  Our water activities included Raft Building, Sailing and Kayaking.  One of the highlights was Mud World where you run a course through mud, under tunnels and down slides.  It was certainly lots of fun for those who participated.

The Year 7 students  would like to thank the Year 11 students for all the help they gave us and the teachers for organising such a fun way to start our year in secondary school.

Alexia Davidge





Year 8 Camp

When we first arrived we were placed into activity groups for the next four days of adventure.  We participated in a range of activities, which pushed our comfort zones and abilities such as abseiling, archery, crate climbing, jetty jumping, billy carting, river rafting, escape courses and the overnight expedition.

The expedition was challenging but an experience that we will never forget.  We started off by canoeing to the campsite while others groups hiked.  We set up our tents and cooked our dinner using camping gear.  After washing up we went to our tents to sleep on camping mats and a jumper as a pillow.  We could feel every single rock underneath us as we slept and woke up with aches and pains, but this made us all appreciate the comforts of home.

The next morning we woke up to the sound of the leaders shouting at us to wake up.  After breakfast we packed up our gear and started the long hike back to Waterslea.  The hike was around six kilometres but it felt like sixteen!  The most challenging part of the hike was crossing a river as high as our waists with our packs above our heads.  As soon as we arrived back (which was around lunch time) we all wanted to go to sleep.  Luckily for the teachers it wasn’t such a rough night.    

Night activities were especially fun.  We played Minute to Win it, had a trivia night and on the last night we looked back at all the daggy photos of Year 8 participating in activities and having fun.

The leaders were amazing in helping us push ourselves while having fun and learning about each other.  Each group made a special bond with their Yothworks leader that we will never forget and will cherish forever.  The leaders helped us build teamwork skills and life lessons, which helped us through our activities.

We would like to thank Mrs Allen and all the teachers who accompanied us on this camp to make it the best experience possible and one that we will always remember.  We would also like to thank the Youthworks  leaders for putting all their time and effort into the activities which we all enjoyed so much!

Lauren Stelzer and Sarah Howlett

Year 9 Camp

Year 9 students participated in the Youthworks Horizon Programme at Rathane in the Royal National Park (Port Hacking).  Students enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities including Outdoor Climbing, High Ropes, Christian Discovery, Rock Climbing, and Initiatives.  These activities allowed the students to further develop their outdoor skills and to engage in new activities that were challenging and rewarding. 

The Youthworks Programme at Rathane also included a fantastic Christian Discovery programme comprising of a series of presentations from the leaders at Rathane followed by small group discussions with teachers and Rathane group leaders.  The students were to be applauded with the mature attitude and enthusiasm at these sessions and the Christian discussions that occurred.

All students participated in their Practice Duke of Edinburgh Hike doing the picturesque Coast Walk through the Royal National Park.  The teachers and leaders of Rathane all commented on how positive the students were on the hike.   The enthusiasm, spirits and teamwork shown on the hike by the Year 9 students was excellent and they showed a mature attitude regarding their first Duke of Ed hike.

Some of the Year 9 comments from camp from the students when asked what they enjoyed about the camp were:

 ‘The hike was very scenic and rewarding’.

Naomi Hughes



Year 10 Camp 

Another adventurous, fun and challenging camp was had by all students at Action Learning Initiatives in Jindabyne this year.  The students participated in raft building, river sledding down the Thredbo River, hiking 22km from Charlottes Pass to Thredbo via Mt Kosciuszko and a day of mountain bike riding.  Of course there was also the challenge of two nights sleeping out at Island Bend and Ngarigo. For the best part of the week the weather was fine, however, with overnight temperatures down to about 5oC it did make sleeping out a challenge.  It also rained one day and night and was particularly cold for the students and staff.  As usual, the Macarthur students have shown outstanding resilience and determination to brave the weather and extend themselves beyond their comfort zone.  We have not heard a word of complaint from them and it is so rewarding for us as staff to see them achieve many things they may never have the opportunity of doing again.  From learning to ride a bike, or overcoming their fear of heights, or realising that they can hike the highest mountain in Australia and ride those white water rapids, or simply learning skills about surviving outdoors with all the right equipment, all the students achieved some personal goals this week.

The staff at ALI are wonderful, professional and extremely encouraging and it makes us very proud as teachers when they are so complementary of the students of Macarthur and comment that we are one of the best schools to come on this programme each year.  Other than a few grazes, bruises, sunburn, stitches and a fainting incident, we all survived.  A special thank you to the Macarthur staff, who do all the gruelling activities with the students.  Even though some of them are a little older, their efforts are outstanding.  Their commitment to ensuring that all students achieve their goals for the week is amazing.

Mrs Nadine James - Head of Year 10 Camp



Year 11 Camp

Fifty-three Year 11 students enjoyed a week on the south coast near Ulladulla.  The whole experience of serving began with everybody shopping at Coles in Ulladulla.  Each group had to keep to a budget and their own menu and shopping list.  Some described it as like the ‘Amazing Race’!  It set up a great week of cooking in small groups.

The service at camp was varied.  Everything from engaging with the elderly in a nursing home to digging trenches in the mud (and getting delightfully dirty).  The satisfaction of helping others was evident.

The ‘surf’ part of the camp was a blast with stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and ‘tubing’ behind a speed boat as well as surfing.  A community atmosphere was added to by devotions from Youthworks that gave a focus on our identity in Jesus.  

Apart from that there was the usual really windy and wet nights in tents and an overall great experience!

The Reverend David Hayman - Head of Year 11 Camp







Year 12 Camp

After years of hiking, canoeing and camping, we were all able to come together to Year 12 Camp, where we could kick off the year relaxing.  After a long trip, with multiple McDonalds stops, we arrived at the Coffs Coast Adventure Centre. 

Throughout our week at camp, we were thoroughly immersed in God's creation.  We went snorkelling, where some keen swimmers were able to see sharks, sting rays and turtles.  We travelled for two hours on a bus to the middle of nowhere, where we spent hours on a river, white water rafting.  After multiple pauses for the reapplication of sunscreen, we all survived the trip with few scrapes and bruises.  

We went go-karting, where Mr Bedingfield showed the boys who's boss. We all experienced nine-pin-bowling, with Jasmine gaining a little too much experience; note to self: don't laugh near bowling balls or you'll end up with a black eye.  The third day of adventure included surfing, sea kayaking and the challenge of staying upright in the surf rafts. 

On this camp we learnt lots about life, through Christian Discovery sessions, and lots about each other, forming bonds that will only grow as the pressures of the HSC year commence.  A big thank-you to all who made this wonderful camp possible, it definitely wouldn't be the same without the caring attitudes of all the teachers involved.

Emma Bywater - School Vice-Captain