Year 5 students, Jed, Jennifer and Emma, provide a camp report on their Port Hacking adventure.
Archery - By Jed Chan
The stone steps scraped my shoes as we slowly walked up the stairs to the Archery ground. Milky clouds drifted by as the sun slowly melted down. Four mammoth size targets were placed in an old rusty shed. As the instructor grabbed some bows and arrows for us, we paired up and watched the instructor demonstrate the slow act of how to hold the wooden bow and how to shoot the arrows. Hungry bellies urged us to hurry but we happily sat and took turns.
The heavy bow was placed in our hands and the thin delicate arrows had metal tips to blast into the target. String was connecting to the arrow as we pulled the arrow to our neck, then let go and the arrow zoomed in a blur of vivid colours. Some hit the target but some just thudded into the ground with fertile dirt flying in all directions. In the 1st round nobody hit the middle but improvement was starting to rise. People got better and better and the arrows got closer and closer to the target. As the first bullseye struck, everybody encouraged each other and more bullseyes started to sink in.
By the end of the day most people got bullseyes and everybody headed back to 'dig in' to dinner.
The Waterslide - By Jennifer Kwan
"Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" I can hear people laughing and screaming as they fly down the slide spraying water everywhere. I place my mat on the gigantic slide, I wait for the teacher to say go waiting with excitement "GO!" I sit down and push off, feeling the rush of the air around me and the spray of droplets as I gather speed, sitting forward to go even faster. I hear Jed and Stephen shouting "We're going to die!" I can see the end. Just as I'm about to reach it, a wave of water rushes over me. I emerge laughing, hurrying to get out of the way before the next person comes down. I look up not believing my eyes, Mrs Tripet was coming down the slide waving to the kids shouting above her. I walk as fast as I can to the top of the hill so that I can get another turn.
Camp - by Emma Pallister
The time came to do sailing and I couldn't wait. We went down to the dock and got our life jackets on. I was a bit nervous so I asked to go with Mrs Tripet. SPLASH, we started rowing and that was the time I realised it was a big mistake to go with Mrs Tripet. She sang ‘Row, Row,Row your boat’ non-stop! Then we all saw the curtain of rain coming towards us, we counted down and then it hit us. We played catch in the rain and whoever had the ball could be splashed by the other people. Mr Groves splashed us so much. The leaders decided to go back to the dock. It was really fun helping everyone on wet ground. I felt like we worked really well as a team.
Christian Discovery was one of my favourite parts of camp. We got together in the hall and got to learn about our saviour, Jesus. A man called Chilli came and did a skit with the other leaders about how Lizzy was stuck in the bucket and she couldn't get out. Everyone tried to help her including Donald Trump's friend, a strong woman, a Jedi, and then Jesus came along. He stepped in the bucket and Lizzy got one leg out and then the other. Jesus then got out of the bucket himself. We also sang songs - I learnt heaps. They were really good at telling us about Jesus.