Year 5 Camp
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Wednesday 23 October was one of the most important dates for the Year 5 students, it was time for the annual camp in Cheung Chau! Students, teachers and some parent volunteers left Discovery College for three days of camp in perfect conditions. The weeks leading up to camp were full of opportunities to prepare for the experiences ahead. We built social skills using URSTRONG, practiced riding our bikes at home and explored possibilities for ‘real Maths’ in our world. We even discussed ‘camp catastrophes’ and ways we could reframe these to ‘see’ the positives. Many hours of behind the scenes preparation by many DC staff also ensured this was going to be the best camp ever!
When we left there were mixed feelings of excitement, some anxiety, a bit of nervousness along with great anticipation. The return trip on Friday saw very satisfying feelings of happiness, pride, exhaustion and achievement!
Students spent their days busy walking, biking, hiking, swimming, shopping, studying temples and learning about the island of Cheung Chau. They were respectful of the environment and the people who lived or were holidaying there.
The teachers were very proud of students throughout the days at camp as everyone grew in independence, responsibility and commitment. Whether making sure their rooms were tidy by keeping control of their own belongings, getting ready for the day’s activities, even helping with setting or clearing up for meals, everyone participated with a friendly smile. It was very encouraging to see students work collaboratively and cooperatively by helping each other. Everyone made new friends in the day adventure groups and their night-time dorms.
We’re sure your child has already shared their camping experience with you and trust that you will continue to build on their newfound independence and responsibility at home.
A huge thank you to the DC staff who attended, the educational assistants who helped prepare for the camp and the wonderful parent volunteers who gave up their time to make sure that this year’s Cheung Chau camp experience was so positive and rewarding. You can see our camp adventure groups by viewing the photos here.