Our Year 9 students, pastoral teachers and support staff were lucky enough to spend Week 7 in the Flinders Ranges - and what amazing weather they were blessed with! The aim of this camp is to take our students out of their comfort zone, to spend some time with their class, themselves and God in His marvellous creations.
Our students face fears with rock climbing and abseiling, learn how capable they truly are with cooking and providing food for themselves as well as the importance of self-reflection and silence. This is all intertwined with team building activities, fun and new friendships forming.
The five days also allow our students to stop, breathe and reset in the busyness and chaos that is the modern day life for a teenager. It is a great opportunity for our students to disconnect from technology and re-connect with themselves, friends and what is important to them.
A massive thankyou to all the staff who were a part of the fabulous experience for our students. I know how grateful our students were to have such amazing mentors with them on camp.
Brooklynne Coombe, Middle School Leader of Spiritual Formation
My highlight of camp was the 24-hour solo because it gave me time to relax and refresh in time where I have never had before. Although at some stages it was scary when I found a blue tongue lizard, it provided me with many opportunities to appreciate the things and people in my life where I wouldn’t have if I was back in the city.
The thing I am most proud of achieving is the bigger abseiling because it felt so abnormal practically falling down a bit rock hill, although I wasn’t as scared, it just didn’t sit right with what I was doing.
The impact camp has had on me and how I am going to apply what I have learnt into my life from now on is that I am now going to spend more time in silence and appreciate what’s around me, as I rarely ever do that and camp has taught me to be still and relax for a bit as that is what will help me in the future.
A quote from camp that sums up 9M is, "This is great, isn’t it?"
My highlight of camp was our trek up the mountains on the first day. I enjoyed the peacefulness and the fresh breeze. As a class, we were able to reflect on our lives back in Adelaide and had the chance to let everything go and live life in the present.
The thing I am most proud of achieving is the abseiling, though I had heard comments of how scary it is I was able to complete it and enjoy it to the fullest. I was very proud of my ability to overcome my fear of heights and it gave me newfound confidence.
The impact camp had on me was that it gave me a sense of peace, relaxation, and the ability to slow down in life and avoid noise and technology. I am going to apply what I have learnt into my life by keeping the first 30 mins in the morning silent and noise free. I will continue to relax as long as I can and reflect on myself each day.
My highlight of camp was rock climbing, abseiling and hiking because it was fun and helped with my mentality because I felt like I had accomplished something.
The thing I am most proud of achieving is staying in silence on my solo so I could reflect on the past couple of days on camp and notice how lucky and privileged that I am.
The impact camp has had on me and how I am going to apply what I have learnt into my life from now on is that staying away from all sorts of technology really helps the mind and helps you to be a better person because you’re not reliant on screens. From now on I am going to ride down to the creek near my house and spend half an hour there reflecting on nature and making a positive mindset.
A quote from camp that sums up 9M is, "Never want the things not needed, but instead appreciate nature and what you have."
Overall, I would say The Rite Journey camp is an amazing experience. It's so unique and really pushes you out of your comfort zone. For me, one of the times I felt challenged was on the first day with the abseiling and rock climbing. I'm quite scared of heights, but I didn't want to miss out on this opportunity and I knew I would regret it if I didn't at least give it a try. So that's why I found myself on Monday afternoon; not going to lie extremely terrified, at the top of a cliff. I was very proud of myself for achieving both the abseiling and rock climbing. I'm so glad I was able to experience the fun and excitement that came with the rock climbing, but especially the abseiling. It was a real accomplishment for me and I now know I'm capable of so much more than I thought. Camp would be a definite highlight for me throughout The Rite Journey this year and I'm so grateful to have done it with the awesome girls' cohort we have.
The Rite Journey Camp was an experience I certainly will never forget. It was fun at times and challenging at others but overall I came out of it a new and better person. An opportunity to grow, arose when I had to partake in the solo experience. This experience allowed me to take the time to become more independent and also find ways to preoccupy myself for 24 hours. I found this both challenging and fun! Other activities such as rock climbing and abseiling were tough but now that I look back on it, I found it very fun and enjoyable. Other activities such as walks showed my vulnerability during those times and by overcoming them, it allowed me to grow and become stronger both physically and mentally. With new friendships and experiences, I will always remember this camp as something that really allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and really grow as a person.