What an awesome camp! We arrived at Swan Valley Adventure Centre to a very busy day getting everything set up and ready to go with students heading off to a range of activities within 30 minutes of arrival. Very keen to get into their dorms to see who would sleep where, a quick lunch was followed by a scattering to the four houses that were allocated to Peter Moyes ACS. This was followed by more activities, on rotation of groups, and a yummy dinner! 

The DJ arrived next and, although the students were extremely tired, they ran to the disco room, gathered with friends and effectively ‘carved up the dancefloor’. The display of moves during the dance-offs was spectacular!!! Very tired but exhilarated students headed off to their dorms to get ready for bed just after 9pm for what, for many, was a somewhat sleepless night filled with late night chats and excitement at being together!

Day two involved more yummy food, more exciting (and sometimes messy!) activities and some extended (1.5 hours) free time before dinner! We ended the day with a table quiz which most students didn’t seem terribly excited about (the teachers and parents were very excited!) but after a couple of questions students were engrossed and wholeheartedly attempted to beat the competition. Indeed, the table quiz was such a success that we have decided that we will have a termly Year 7 quiz day with a shared lunch; the students were very happy to hear of this plan! All slept very well at the end of this busy day! 

Last day and, yet again, the students entered the activities with joy and excitement, eager to enjoy their last minutes on camp! Continuing with our Year 7 focus of RESPECT, the students largely took care of their belongings, tidied up after themselves, and were respectful not only of their own boundaries but also of staff at the venue; I was very proud of them!!! They made new friends in activity groups that were randomly selected, challenged themselves to do activities that they may not have thought they could do and really enjoyed every minute!

Grainne Barber
Head of Year 7