Class 9 Camp
Last weeks Class 9B camp to Margaret River was an Awesome Adventure!
This was a week with everything…clear blue skies, baking sunshine and pounding waves at the base of Willyabrup’s sea cliffs during our rock climbing and abseiling. Howling wind and steady rain keeping Boranup’s forest floor damp as we explored it’s pathways and abseiled into Bride’s cave. Stars, freezing nights, welcome fires, spot light and sardines. But most memorable of all, surfing clean waves, wind blowing off shore sunshine and a small, but very exciting hail storm!
Whether it was climbing to the top of a 30m sea cliff, abseiling into an ancient limestone cave, catching waves in the midst of a hail storm or simply putting on a harness to explore a cliff’s edge, this camp offered all students the opportunity to find the boundary to their comfort zone and a safe environment to take another step into the unknown. In doing so, many students experienced a “flow state” and the thrill of Peak Adventure, where their level of competence was perfectly matched by the activities level of difficulty. Not only were these experiences a lot of fun, but they also enabled students to overcome challenges previously thought impossible!
The class themselves are a bunch of legends, with so much good will and positivity that even doing the dishes and polishing the BBQ’s each night was heaps of fun! It was an inspiration to see this vibrant mix of individuals bond together to support one another through the challenges of the week and to share so openly of their experiences and how these moments of empowerment can be transferred into other aspects of their lives. I would also like to acknowledge the awesome contributions from my co-leaders Will, Krystal and Jack and the excellent instructors from Margaret River Surf School and Outdoor Discoveries.
Paddy Hocking (H.S. Outdoor Education Teacher)