THE BIG SWING
The Giant Swing was one of the best activities possible. You were pulled by a team of human huskies up and up into the sky. When you were ready, you let go of the rope and you dropped, dropped, then flung upwards into the air until you swung to a stop.
WHAT WAS CHALLENGING
I think we would all agree when I say that the hiking was the hardest part, but everyone enjoyed it anyway. Also challenging was starting the fire and maintaining it with enough wood. When we tried to sleep, it took awhile as it was cold and some felt lonely. I think everyone was scared by the activities a little. I think everyone would agree when I say that the abseiling was the most challenging of all the activities because of the trust required to walk off a cliff with nothing stopping you from falling except a little rope.
THE BIG SWING
On Wednesday evening when the sun was setting over the horizon half of our class prepared themselves for their ride on the Giant Swing.
As the full moon rose up into the sky, our first flier began her ascent. Strapped in by two harnesses attaching her to the swing, our class pull her into the air.
Three quarters of the way up, Desiree commanded the huskies (classmates) to stop. The instructor told the husky team pulling her to brace, then she let the rope go and plummeted into nothingness.
The ropes caught Desiree and the momentum swung her out over the cliff as the moon rose higher and higher into the evening sky.
Desiree smiled as the wind whipped her hair around her face, turning her cheeks a rosy red.
By Desiree and Brianna
WHAT WE LEARNT ABOUT OURSELVES
I think that we all learnt something about ourselves on camp. I learnt that I’m stronger than I think and I can get over my fears. My friend Kiana learnt that she needs to listen to the safety instructions the first time! Gabe learnt how to abseil and Naina confirmed that she has the best class in the world and that she loves us all a lot.
WHAT I LEARNT ABOUT MYSELF
I learnt that I am stronger than I think and I need to stop being vague when we are learning about safety. I also learnt that I uncontrollably sleep talk, even when I try not to! And, I cannot cook porridge!
CAMP KOKODA REVIEW
During our stay at Camp Kokoda we did the following activities; flying fox, canoeing, giant swing, abseiling and the sugar glider. My favourite activity was the giant swing. The class was put into five groups to help decide who was cooking, for example group one would cook and group two would clean up and the next meal group three cooked and group four cleaned up. I didn’t like walking between each campsite with our heavy backpacks. If I could rate my stay at Camp Kokoda I would give it a 8 1/2 out of 10.
In the morning we woke up very early and lit our fire with left over coals from the night before. Later we would go and watch the stunningly majestic sunrise over the horizon while another group made breakfast. After breakfast we would pack our backpacks, clean the camp site and pack down our tents before walking back to base camp. There we would adjust what we had in our pack depending on how hard the hike was to come. Once we packed our bags we would have lunch and walk to the next camp. Upon arrival we pitched our tents and would do an activity. Our first activity was the flying fox; we were harnessed to a wire and were thrown off a platform in a tree – then we flew along the wire till we reached the tree on the other side . Our second activity was the big swing. We were pulled by nine people, huskies, and they pulled you into the air as high as you liked. Once up there you let go of a rope and fell towards the ground swinging and flying above a cliff before swinging back. The third activity we did was abseiling where we walked harnessed down a cliff.
By Gabe, Jack and Arlo
On camp we did lots of fun things including lots of challenging subjects; such as hiking up steep hills, carrying heavy backpacks and doing some very challenging activities. Each day we would hike up different hills to get to a different campsite where we set up our tents, cooked food and did activities. We hiked with backpacks in which we carried spare clothing, utensils, sleeping bags and mats. On our camp we also did some very challenged ourselves by abseiling, swinging on a giant swing and the flying fox, but we all loved them!
I could not go on camp, instead I went to Sydney. On the first day my nan picked us up from the airport and took us to Mr Wentworth’s house. He was one of the men that found a way through the Blue Mountains. Mr Wentworth was not respected at that time as his wife’s family were all convicts and because the Wentworth’s had their first children before they were married. On the second day we stayed at home. On the third day we went back into Sydney and went to Government House for a tour. We realised that the house had lots of treasures and that the government still lived upstairs, but they had renovated it and it was now a luxury apartment. At 6pm Vivid started. My favourite two light shows were the Aboriginal dancing and the arts of dancing colours and shapes.