Year 11 Camp

On Wednesday the 17th of June, four buses of year elevens and several teachers dreary eyed and tired for a 3:20am meeting at McKinnon began our adventure to the Gold Coast. Twenty minutes later we were in the buses (some already back asleep) and off to the airport for our 6:10am flight.

On arrival to Queensland many found comfort as we walked off the plane to warmer weather and stable ground. Excited, we grabbed our things and got onto the bus to head to our first theme park, Dreamworld; set amidst 64 hectares of beautiful Australian bush land, and home to thrill seeking rollercoasters, one in particular being situated 119 metres (39 storeys) in the sky! Even though it did rain, and some of us got drenched in the couple of water rides on offer, we left exhausted but content with our achievements to our accommodation for the three nights, Runaway Bay Sport & Leadership Excellence Centre.

The next day saw a clear and beautiful sunny sky for our venture to Wet n Wild, where both teachers and students explored the many twisting and slippery slides and heated spa and pools. After dinner, we divided into groups and tested our knowledge during a trivia night, all very eager to win the suspicious, and delicious prize hidden in a plastic bag (also known as chocolate).

Friday, our third day in Queensland, was another perfect blue sky. The day was reserved for free time at Surfers Paradise to relax and check out the gorgeous blue and gold beach. Many students chose to sightsee at the skypoint observation deck, offering a 360 degree view at a height of 230m. Others spent their time at places like the Wax Museum or catching up on some shopping. Meeting together mid-afternoon, he headed back to our accommodation, preparing ourselves for the talent show airing later that night.

After dinner we witnessed some amazing singing, some skilled improvisation and some humorous and well put together dances and pieces. Before we knew it, Saturday was upon us, our fourth and very last day upon the sunny Coast. After packing our things we made our way to Seaworld where we spent our last hours watching impressive Marine Life shows such, as the affinity Dolphin Show and seeing animals like penguins, sharks, rays and polar bears. However, before we left many found joy in the gift shop purchasing souvenirs like a 40 inch plush squid. Soon, we were back at the airport, catching our flights, and arriving to a cold Melbourne eager for a long sleep.

On behalf of the year elevens, thank you so much to all the incredible staff that came along and helped make this trip possible!

Anna McCooke 11G

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