Last week, Year 7 travelled eight hours west to Garrawilla Station, Bingara, near Inverell, for a Jackaroo Jillaroo experience. Students pitched their tents by the homestead and slept under a sky awash with the Milky Way. When Ric told us there were more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand of earth, we believed him; at night it felt like we were sleeping under each one. Our days were spent horse riding along the picturesque Gwydir river, cantering through knee deep creek crossings, then dropping our horse’s reins to let the them graze in green meadows while we sat under trees to eat lunch, chat and skip stones. It was a magical week and the children were magnificent company. We also tried our hand at archery, whip cracking, orienteering, sheep shearing and even sheep riding. We learnt a lot about ourselves and each other, how to ride a horse, use a compass and navigate by the stars, but most of all we had a lot of fun. It was a camp that lived up to its reputation; one to remember! Thanks to Ric and Paddy for such a fantastic experience and a wonderful start to high school camps.
Alix – Y7 Guardian