Reflecting on the Year 6 camp to Rottnest

During week 6 we had the pleasure of accompanying our Year 6 students on their camp at Rottnest Island. It was a positive experience for both the students and staff.

Watching the students participate in activities such as bike riding, snorkelling, and team challenges has been rewarding as we get to see them step out of their comfort zones, push themselves to try new things, and support one another in their successes and failures. They have developed their resilience and teamwork skills.

One of the bigger learning opportunities of the camp has been the focus on building confidence and interpersonal skills. Through team challenges and group activities, the students have had the chance to work together, communicate effectively, and problem solve as a team. These are skills that will serve them well in their future endeavours and it has been great to witness their growth in these areas.

We were blessed with near perfect weather which allowed the students to experience snorkelling off the pristine coastline around Rottnest. When discussing with the students about what they saw, it was clear that they had been amazed at the variety of life under the water.

The camp provided opportunities for the students to learn about the history and sustainability of Rottnest Island. They learnt about the role Rottnest played during World War II by exploring the Oliver Hill Tunnels and also walking along the Bickley Battery. The students also saw first hand how Rottnest tries to create its own power by using solar panels and a wind turbine.

Overall, this camp at Rottnest Island has been a positive experience for our Year 6 students. It has provided them with the chance to learn, grow, and bond with their classmates in a beautiful and unique setting. We are grateful and privileged to have been a part of the students’ journey and we are excited to see how the lessons learned on this camp will impact them in the years to come.

Rebecca Hogan/Ross Williams

Year 6 Teachers

Dan Mornement

Head of Junior School


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