On the 29th of November, 8AK and 8KS travelled to Dolamore Park for a Year 8 Retreat. The day was based around the Religious Education topic “Creation and Co-Creation”, along with being good stewards in our community.
Our day consisted of being split into three groups and then doing multiple rotations of activities. These included weeding, a nature walk, and a Sensory Course the Year 12 helpers guided us through. The weeding was to remind us to look after our environment of Dolamore Park - being excellent stewards of God. The nature walk was a short walk where each student was dropped off at a different location for approximately 15-20 minutes so they could reflect and connect with nature without modern day accessories. The sensory walk was led by the Year 12 students and was a short walk through the bush blindfolded where questions were asked and where we were also given small items to feel and describe. After these activities, we had a sausage sizzle cooked by the lovely Year 12’s and then we started the next set of rotations.
The next rotations consisted of t-ball, an obstacle course, and a dance contest. We were put into our three groups again and were led to our different activities. After playing t-ball and taking part in the obstacle course, we were each taught a choreographed dance routine and took part in a dance battle between boys and girls from every group. In the end the boys took home the gold, and we finished the day with a lolly scramble.
A special thanks to our Head of Religious Education, Mr Terry, for making this retreat possible, and another thanks to our teachers Mr Munn, Mrs Kotkamp, Mrs Sinclair, and the Year 12’s for helping and making the day a day to remember.
Written by Samantha Marsh, Bella Topp, and Grace Steele from class 8AK