A group of 50 Year 9 students headed to Ballarat for camp this year. It was the last week of school in Term 2. We arrived at the campsite on Monday around 4pm where we then participated in a quiz night. This was a lot of fun with little games between categories. The next morning, we packed lunch for the day and spilt into two groups to head to the Chinese museum and old psychiatric hospital/gaol called the J Ward. Both venues were very insightful and we all learnt a lot of interesting facts. The rest of the day was free time where we played cards, board games or table tennis.
Wednesday was our biggest day as we headed to Sovereign Hill. This day was the most tiring but it was easily our best day. We attended a few workshops where people explained all the processes people used when they mined for gold. After the workshops we roamed around by ourselves to explore Sovereign Hill, participated in activities like candle making, writing with a quill, panning for gold and an underground tour. Then there was the opportunity to buy souvenirs. Later that night we went back to attend the light and sound show. This was very informative, we got home late that night and went straight to bed.
On the second to last day we travelled to another campsite but we stopped on the way to the Brambuk Culture Centre. At this place we painted our own boomerang with signs from the traditional language we also watched some stories that were popular to the Aboriginals and at the end we tried to play a didgeridoo. When we reached the next campsite everyone settled in and the night consisted of table tennis, watching the AFL game and having friendly conversations. At the end of the week we headed back to school. Most people slept as we were all very tired and wanted to go home. We stopped at the Naracoorte Caves to explore underground before reaching home. Overall the camp was a great experience that everyone should try when the opportunity arises.
Megan Pettit I Year 9 Student
News Category: Middle School, Year 9