Camps are a wonderful time for children, giving them opportunities to experience new challenges, build on friendships outside of the school setting and grow in their Christian faith. Primary School camps are one of the highlights of the school year. They are held each year for children in Years 4, 5 and 6.
This camp is held every second year for children in Year 4 and 5. Illawonga Camp is near Swan Reach on the River Murray, about two hours drive from Adelaide. Objectives of the camp are to help children develop an understanding of the River Murray as a natural resource, the cultural and historical significance of the Murray River, how people are impacting on the environment and our responsibilities towards the River Murray. The activities are varied and based on a study of river ecology, animals and the Murray Mallee. Information about wombats, kangaroos, irrigation and aquaculture is included. The learning takes place in a fun environment whilst students go yabbie fishing, visit the Punyelroo Cave, ride on a tour barge and go spotlighting from a bus. The camp also has a gymnasium with a huge foam filled pit. Other activities include team rowing in a large boat, campfires, archery, pool and table tennis. Our school staff also include devotion times as part of the program.
Mylor Baptist Camp
This camp is held in alternate years for children in Years 4 and 5. Mylor Baptist Camp is in a beautiful bush setting on the banks of the Onkaparinga River, about an hour drive from the school in the Adelaide Hills. There is a large oval, high and low ropes courses, a challenge course, flying fox and giant swing, an indoor heated pool and tennis court. The children are challenged to learn more about themselves and develop their group skills as they participate in a wide variety of team activities.
This camp is held each year for children in Year 6. Wirraway Camp is located 6.5 kilometres from Strathalbyn along the Old Bull Creek Road, about one and a half hours from Adelaide. It offers an opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities on 70 hectares of countryside, staying in buildings arranged in an ‘old world’ setting. All the staff at Wirraway are Christian and, as part of the camp program, staff take time to explain the basics of the Christian faith. There is a large indoor arena and horse riding is a special feature of Wirraway Camp. All horse riding instructors are qualified with Horse Safety Australia. Other activities include climbing wall, archery, low ropes course, mini golf, a swimming pool, trampolines, bush survival initiatives and indoor games.
Camp experiences are an integral part of our curriculum; they give students a focused opportunity to come to understand aspects of God’s creation. Students witness God in creation, each other, and the social and cultural world through practical experience. Camps enliven the learning program, presenting curriculum content to students through first-hand experiences that are interactive with places and people outside the school environment. Students are provided opportunities to experience personal development through activities designed to develop initiative and leadership. This enables students to develop social skills, become more self-reliant, confident and disciplined, while strengthening and developing teacher-student relationships outside the classroom.
- Year 7 students attend Shiloh Hills campsite at Ironbark in the Adelaide Hills in Term 2. The program involves team building and Indigenous education.
- Year 8 students attend a three day camp at Victor Harbor where they camp in tents in small community groups which have a service focus.The participate in a variety of activities including team building, problem solving, bike riding, beach games and kayaking.
- Year 9 students, in recognition of the beginning of their journey towards adulthood, participate in the Year 9 Challenge where they are required to set challenging spiritual, physical, social and academic goals to be achieved by the end of the year. Part of this program is a Year 9 Camp at Victor Harbor which includes an overnight hiking expedition, kayaking and mountain biking.
- Year 10 students travel to Canberra in Term 3 and are accommodated in cabins while they explore the Capital City. Students focus on Civics and Citizenship Education, which is integrated in the SACE Personal Learning Plan.
- Year 11 students camp at Rawnsley Bluff in the Flinders Ranges in Term 3. Students participate in daily devotions at sunrise, bushwalking, team building, school leadership and Indigenous education.
- Year 12 students attend Nunyara at Belair, in the Adelaide Hills in Term 1. This camp focuses on orientation to Year 12 study and school leadership.