25 Sep

Week 8 saw the transformation of St Peter’s Woodlands into a makeshift campsite, full of enthusiasm, team work and bucket loads of fun.

Re-imaging Camp Week
With 2020 seeing the cancellation of so many events, the staff of SPW were not going to allow Camp Week to become another casualty of COVID-19. We banded together to come up with a range of activities to see students working in teams, challenging themselves and importantly having fun.

The Importance of Camp Week
Camp week has always been one of the many highlights for students at SPW and although we were not sleeping in tents at various campsites across South Australia we tried to replicate the experience as much as possible.

Challenging Activities
The Year 3-6 students rotated through 12 exciting and engaging activities over the course of 3 days (Wednesday-Friday), working with teachers from across the school to challenge themselves physically and mentally, work collaboratively, support their peers and learn key survival skills.

The activities ranged from coding and problem solving challenges, totem making, setting up tents, school scavenger hunts, blindfolded rope challenges, fire pit, sand creations, Mini Olympics and much more.

We were blessed with sunshine and a gentle breeze and left each day exhausted but excited for the next day’s activities.

SPW’s First Fire Pit
Camp on the Green also saw SPW’s first fire pit in 20 years! Thanks goes to Maria Taylor – both a parent at SPW and employee of Nature Play SA. Maria set up a large fire pit on Nutter Thomas lawns and engaged with students teaching them both the beauty and dangers of fire.

The students sat around the fire pit discussing camp stories. Students were so fascinated with this activity that many of them sought Maria out during recess and lunch breaks to continue their conversations with her and admire the beauty of the fire.

A Great Success
Camp on the Green was a huge success that couldn’t have gone ahead without the hard work and dedication of all our educators. Many wonderful lifelong memories were created for our students and it was amazing to witness. Here’s what the students had to say about it;

“I thought the Scavenger Hunt was the most energetic activity, the destinations were far away and you had to go backwards and forwards to complete it.” – Ari

“My favourite activity was Camp Scavengers because we got to run around the school and scan QR codes.” – Josh

“The activity for me that was most relaxing was Totems with Mrs Kowalick. I loved winding the string around the stick because it was extremely satisfying.” – Lexie

“My favourite activity was Mini Olympics because it was funny and everyone was laughing.” – Jackson

“The activities and teachers were great! It was one of the best moments of my life.” – Charlie

“This was the best thing I’ve ever done! I had the best time with my friends and got to make new friends too.” – Ruby

Article by Victoria Warner, Year 4 Teacher.