Reflections from Dean of Year 11 - Mrs Rosanna Hargrave
A real highlight, in the Senior Years at Emmanuel College, is our Year 11 leadership camp held at Emu Gully. I say this after hearing many Emmanuel students reminisce about the camp long after they have left school. Students are placed in situations that truly test and challenge character values of courage, perseverance, mateship and sacrifice. The challenges based around actual war events, were not for the faint hearted and really took them out of their comfort zones. Crawling through small, dark and wet tunnels, hiking at night and being neck deep in cold mud was part of the order of the day. By placing our ‘recruits’ in these situations, the value of team work is realised. They learn that individual problems become team issues because each member is highly valued. There were, on occasion, heavy sighs and even a few tears, but never once did any of our students give up. They demonstrated their mettle as strong young men and women do when placed in stressful situations.
The Bush Dance on the first evening was a resounding success and I was thrilled to see all students fully engaged and enjoying themselves.
Parents, I know I speak on behalf of all teachers who accompanied me on camp, when I say, your children were a pleasure to spend time with. They were helpful, cheerful and always appreciative. They do both you and Emmanuel College proud.
Camp Reflections from Students:
“This camp taught me about the attributes that a great leader needs as well as how to work together as a team and complete the tasks assigned to us. It also taught us about the history of the ANZACS and gave us a perspective on what they did for us so that we may have our freedom.”
“I honestly couldn’t believe I did some of the challenges I did on camp. A week ago I never imagined I’d be crawling through small dark tunnels, climbing almost vertical hills and taking a dip in disgusting water with people I hardly know. But thanks to this trip, I now know them and I loved every second of it.”
“Year 11 camp was an amazing experience that brought our grade closer as a cohort. Working in such intense and challenging activities such as the night walk and Kokoda mud challenge, created trust amongst our group and with people we would never usually talk to.”
“This camp was one that I’ll never forget. Throughout the 3 days, our grade and our teams learnt values that will benefit our personal growth in character. Overall it was a brilliant and valuable experience that I’ll never forget.”