Class 1/2 Camp to Glen Davis

We drove out to Capertee and into ….. THE RAIN!

But it wasn’t a really big problem for us luckily because we had a great team of adults who just got stuck into setting up camp. Raincoats gave up on them, they were drenched and soaked… but they pushed on to make dry and happy tents and a camp kitchen for us all! Such a great little example to the children!

The children were either running about in the rain undeterred, having a pretty wonderful time as far as I could tell. Or were having an equally lovely time on the bus busying themselves with delicious stuff that kids do when they’re stuck in the rain, companionable little games and creative little imaginings. They were full of descriptions about misty clouds eating the mountains and how ghost like the escarpment was, fuel for their poetic souls.

At 5pm it eased and we wandered up to the creek and of course… having tried all day to keep some clothes a little bit dry… there was a bit of falling into the creek! We went back and set up our beds and changed into dry gear and ate our dinner of NACHOS ( such a favourite) under tarps and by the fire. The fire as toasty and the weather held off for a bit. Delicious dessert, some songs around the fire, walk with torches and we all retired to bed.

The next day, the dawn chorus was so special! A thousand birds sang us awake! The sun was shining! It was glorious!

We had THE BEST PORRIDGE EVER… sprinkled with blueberries and golden dust! Some children argued that the porridge was the best thing about camp. After the golden dust porridge we set off on a walk following the creek in the opposite direction. After a gargantuan morning tea we set off in the bus to find the haunted houses the children had spotted on our way in. We climbed to get a great view of the ruins of the oils shale factory set against, seriously the most spectacular backdrop of the Capertee valley. The children had a million ideas about what had happened to the ruins. It was all curiousity, finding, exploring and speculating. Such happiness to hear their musings and reflections about what they were observing.

Mailyn shared her culture of asking the tree for a branch to help the tree sing. She cut the wood and sliced the bark off and the children sanded them into THE MOST SPECIAL CLAPSTICKS ever. Jimmie showed the children how to whittle and smooth off the clapsticks. Super exciting for the children.

The afternoon was spent at the swimming hole. Frolicking and lazing in the sunshine like lizards. Building dams and floating away on pink donuts.

Night time walk but with the naked eye this time. Songs by the fire and bed… very tired children.

Last morning! More delicious porridge! Pack up clothes and sleeping bags. A walk along the Capertee River trail and munching on more delicious food.

Then it was time to leave. We shared in expressing our gratitude to mother earth and each other for the time we spent. It was fabulous.

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Class 5/6 Snow Camp

We had a wonderful time on our snow trip. The students were determined and learnt VERY quickly. My heart was bursting with pride and joy throughout the week, not just at their skills but the genuine sense of friendship and helping out. They were polite and helpful to the public. They loved spending so much time with their classmates. We had a few performance nights after dinner which were really good and very funny ( they made me weep with laughter).

Pippita

 

Class 3/4 Bike Riding Camp At Dubbo Zoo “Best Camp Ever!”

The zoo trip was an incredible experience that combined the observation of wild animals in a caged environment, the social aspect of camps and the physical practise of bike riding. The children had plenty of time to ride their way around the many enclosures, listening to talks, asking questions, chatting, listening to the siamang ape opera. I don’t believe we missed one animal. Quite a few children chose to ride a second lap of the zoo – such energy and joy of riding!
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Whole School Camp at Megalong Valley

Our Camp in the Megalong Valley was to discover more about OUR PLACE and hence the activities centred around immersing ourselves in the bush and understanding its cultural, geological and historical significance. Included in the whole school camp at Megalong Valley, was an all day visit and story telling by David King. The Megalong is his family’s place. They have been camping and living there for tens of thousands of years. Some of the highlights of the whole school camp were, camaraderie between children of all classes – cooee-ing and hurrays as each class arrived at the camp site, whittling by the fire, scampering by the creek, a frosty sunrise walk, gathering around the fire.

Class 6/7 Cultural Camp with Uncle Pete and Aunty Katie

 

 

Class 6/7 travelled with Uncle Pete out to his country and dreaming sites.
The class immersed themselves in the cultural and practical aspects that this
wonderful trip offers. Included on the journey:
Mt Grenfell (west of Cobar), Mt Monaro, Mt Drysdale, Mt
Gundabooka, Byrock, Mt Karolga Peak. Highlights will be the
Brewarrina fish traps (one of the oldest structures on earth!),
and some hot springs in Lightning Ridge, to wash away the
camp grime before returning home.
Students are responsible for so much of their journey, packing
and travelling daily, and preparing meals.

Class 1 & 2 Newnes Camp

 

The class camp was full of challenges, obstacles, games, bush no 1. & 2’s. and wet clothes. We camped in the beautiful Wollemi National Park, surrounded by a meandering river, bushlands and cliffs.

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On Tuesday we met the local character Newnes Hotel owner and walked to the ruins and paddled in the river, settled into camp lifestyle.

On Wednesday, awaking early to the dawn Kookaburra chorus, we splashed through the river, climbed up to an old railway track, traversed a steep and rocky route to the Glow Worm tunnel, entered the dark and dangerous tunnel and emerged safe and excited! The whole walk was 9km (WOW!!) and with lots of breaks and snacks took 6 hours – the children were incredible walkers and very supportive of each other. Best of all we were back with plenty to time to splash and bob in the river. Children were asleep VERY quickly and woke after the morning bird song!

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Thursday we decided on just a little adventure; to follow the river upstream – and yes we did get a bit more wet. Back at camp – we celebrated Quidam’s birthday, packed up camp and set off back home, wildly weary, full of good tucker and very happy.

 

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Class 5-6 Canberra Visit – Kindlehill School

 

This week Class 5 and 6 travelled around Canberra.

The first day they visited the War Memorial followed by National Museum of Australia exhibitions and  K-Space.

Tuesday was a visit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders TENT EMBASSY.

Then they headed to Old Parliament House MOAD Education – Franklin River Debate A.

At Parliament House they were taken for a Tour of both houses and building followed by a seat in the Senate: commencement of sitting then House of Reps QUESTION TIME.

Wednesday they discovered Questacon before heading home.

We would like to  Acknowledge of the funding and support of the Australian Government through the PACER contribution for this Canberra visit.

Parliament House Oct 2016

Parliament House Oct 2016

 

Whole School Camp

  EUROKA

How can a few lines capture the beauty of what was happening in this place? Wednesday to Thursday, the whole school camped at Euroka clearing. Some of us even saw the Gurrangatch.  What an amazing camp this was – Chris Tobin took us through the great wisdom  and relevance of Aboriginal culture for all Australians, Leanne Tobin led us in indigenous games, Peter Williams and the Waradah Dancers had us all on our feet dancing Emu and Kangaroo, Katy Squires showed us a sweet weaving technique and Wayne Cornish told a story about the black swan that has meanings on many levels for young and older.

On my way to camp, I was aware of what was unfolding in Brussels.  A strange feeling heading to sunshine, good company, rich learning and beauty – knowing it is not the experience of so many in the world. Yet once there, I realized again,  there is a solidarity in the awareness itself, and there is the also the contribution – being part of shaping this community as inclusive, fair, generous and compassionate.  It is not the whole solution but it is a SEED and there is power and nourishment in that !

A massive THANK YOU to all who contributed to this camp. It was a big     undertaking. Preparation, transport,    support at the camp, pack away and clean up, as well as the many  activities on the days that were so enjoyable for the     children and all that participated.  Toward the end, as the busloads of children drove away, you could feel nature moving in again to reclaim the space where we had been so active….Kindlehill is a tiny part of the story of that place now… Thank you to country, generous host.DSC01805DSC01815