2019 Term 1 Camps
Senior School Adventures on Camps
Always a highlight of Term 1, the Camp proved to be a time of learning, challenges and new experiences for the girls of Tara.
Year 7 students spent time with each other at Lutanda, Toukley. There the girls embraced a variety of activities through challenging themselves on a Giant Swing, Surfing, Quad biking, Abseiling, Building Rafts and riding BMX bikes. This camp also provided the opportunity for the girls and their Mentor to become better acquainted in a relaxed setting, and amongst the girls themselves many new friendships were formed. Year 8 students navigated the CBD of Sydney by working through clues and activities on “The Amazing Race”. For some students this was their first opportunity to use Opal cards and to negotiate public transport. In addition, these students made their way to Bondi Beach, managed the finances of groups for dinner at China Town and participated in Dragon Boating. Year 9 students accepted the challenge of moving from their “Comfort Zone to Courage Zone” by completing the “Adventurous Journey” component of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award in the Royal National Park. There is no doubt that hiking, cooking meals on trangias, managing giant paddle boards and sleeping in tents was a new and challenging experience for these students who are commended for their resilience, positive attitude and support for each other on this camp. This experience certainly highlighted the 2019 overarching theme for Year 9 of “United We Stand”. It is anticipated that all students in Year 9 will build on this camp adventure to complete the remaining components of the Duke of Edinburgh program and eventually achieve their Bronze Awards.
Year 10 students participated in a variety of service initiatives in the City. A challenging experience involved the production of over 500 meals for Rough Edges, an inner-city centre providing support for people living on the streets in and around Darlinghurst. Additional activities included sorting clothes for refugees, making scones and visiting nursing homes, all of which provided the opportunity for students to experience first-hand the Tara value of “Service to Others”. It is hoped that this learning experience also facilitated engagement of “the head and the heart” through an awareness of people who are less fortunate beyond the Tara community. Year 11 students at Stanwell Tops focussed on the theme of “Learning to Lead”. In this context the girls had the opportunity to identify their personal leadership strengths and to further develop skills that would benefit them as leaders both at Tara and beyond. Year 12 students under the guidance of Tara staff and Crusaders focused on their preparation for the HSC, possible tertiary opportunities and in general life beyond School.
The students of Tara are commended for their positive participation in these Camp Programs. In particular, Tara staff are sincerely thanked for accepting to being absent from their families and for their selfless care and support for the girls during these camp experiences.