A Week Unplugged!

Nestled amidst the tranquil embrace of nature, Donnelly River Village provided the perfect backdrop for our annual school camp. Surrounded by towering trees, kangaroos and emus, our students, from Kindy to Year 6, along with parents, embarked on a journey of exploration, discovery, and camaraderie.

As we stepped away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, we found ourselves immersed in the simplicity and beauty of the natural world. With screens set aside and Wi-Fi signals left behind, we embraced the present moment, relishing in the joys of face-to-face interactions and shared experiences.

Day 1

With the rustling of leaves as our soundtrack, we ventured into the heart of the wilderness, where kangaroos and emus graciously welcomed us to their domain. Faces lit up with joy as we observed these creatures in their natural habitat, a gentle reminder of the interconnectedness of all life.

With the sun as our guide, we went on a walk to the revered King Karri tree, standing tall and proud in the forest. Here, among the whispers of leaves, we found solace in the embrace of nature’s grandeur.

Creativity blossomed as some hands moulded clay into intricate works of art, inspired by the beauty that surrounded us.

As evening descended, the aroma of spices filled the air, signaling the much-anticipated curry night. Gathered around tables adorned with culinary delights, we savored the flavours of community and shared stories of our collective experience.

Day 2

Day 2 began with a harmonious blend of whole-school activities, orchestrated by the creative talents of our dedicated parents and enthusiastic Notre Dame practicum students. Under the canopy of trees, hands eagerly wove and crafted, creating intricate patterns in the art of weaving and nature stick activity, guided by the gentle encouragement of Kate and Emily.

Meanwhile, minds were put to the test in an exhilarating orienteering riddle, where clues led us on a merry chase through the winding paths of the forest. With teamwork and perseverance, we unraveled each puzzle, celebrating the thrill of victory.

In the afternoon, our adventures continued with student choice activities. For some, wheels spun and hearts raced as they embarked on a scenic bike ride, some enjoyed rejuvenating yoga led by Bella. Other curious minds delved into the intricate world of bush critters under the microscope and responding through art. And another group crafted a cozy play mat for our youngest learners in K/PP based on our Donnelly River experience.

Day 3

Undeterred by the downpour, we embraced the opportunity to dance in the rain and revel in the beauty of nature’s shower.

As the rain continued to fall, we sought refuge indoors, where cottages and halls became sanctuaries of creativity and learning. Our K/PP students delved into reading “Wombat Stew.” Hands moulded clay into creations, each one a reflection of imagination and wonder, before venturing out into the rain-kissed wilderness for a bush walk.

Meanwhile, Year 1/2 students unfurled creativity, designing custom flags, each one a symbol of individuality and unity. Across the grounds, Year 3-6 students immersed themselves in a kaleidoscope of arts and crafts, from whittling to felting.

After a hearty lunch that warmed both body and soul, we ventured back into the embrace of nature, where a myriad of activities awaited. From bush walks to archery, nature mandalas to the ancient art of whittling, there was something for every adventurer to explore and discover.

As the day drew to a close, we gathered in the dining hall with hearts full and spirits high, we shared our talents and passions in a camp concert that echoed with laughter and applause. From melodies that stirred the soul to dances that captivated the imagination, each performance was a testament to the beauty and diversity of our school community.

Our annual school camp drew to a close on Friday morning, marking the end of an unforgettable journey filled with laughter, learning, and boundless adventure. With hearts full and memories etched in time, we reflect on the moments shared, the friendships forged, and the bonds strengthened.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our entire school community, from Kindy to Year 6 students and parents alike, for joining us on this extraordinary adventure. Your spirit of enthusiasm, resilience, and engagement illuminated every step of the way, transforming each day into a cherished memory to be treasured for years to come.

To our dedicated staff, who devoted their time and energy to ensure the success of our camp, we offer our deepest appreciation.

In addition, we extend our sincere thanks to the generous businesses who supported us on our journey, donating food to nourish the hearts and minds of our 130 camp guests. To Big Loaf, Galati and Sons, Brownes Dairy, Nanna’s Pantry, Organic Collective, Noshing, Woolworths, and all our valued sponsors, we offer our heartfelt thanks for your support and generosity. Your contributions have not only nourished our bodies but have also nourished our spirits, reminding us of the power of community and the beauty of coming together in times of joy and celebration.

As we bid farewell to Donnelly River Village and the memories we’ve created, we carry with us the laughter, the friendships, and the lessons learned along the way.