Dear Parents, Your daughter will be involved in the Year 10 camp from Monday, 1st May to Friday, 5th May 2017 as part of Queenwood’s Outdoor Education Program. The aim is for the girls to develop a greater awareness of themselves, their place in the year group and their environment, and to learn about other students at a deeper level. This particular program is unique in its approach. The students will build on the experiences and skills they have developed over the years to travel around the city they live in, culminating with all groups finishing on Cockatoo Island. They will see how the skills and teamwork they have developed in the bushland environment can be translated and used in new and different situations.
Camp goals: 1. To persevere through challenge, and to develop personal strength through the experience. 2. To experience and become comfortable with the unknown. 3. To learn to appreciate the importance and role of a group. 4. To learn to take responsibility for all they do. 5. To reinforce skills previously introduced. 6. To realise that the natural environment can also be accessed around the city.
The camp will be run by the Outdoor Education Group and starts at Queenwood. All Outdoor Education Group staff are fully qualified outdoor education teachers and Queenwood staff accompany the girls in support.
Low risk: initiative games, low ropes, orienteering, theatre sports & travelling on various forms of public transport. Moderate risk: bush walking, abseiling, climbing, river swimming, mountain biking, canoeing. Most students will stay in dorms for 1 night and tents for 3 nights. During activities girls are supervised at all times by an instructor and a Queenwood staff member. No special equipment is required for the camp, except a sleeping bag. A good quality waterproof jacket is also essential for your daughter’s health and comfort in case of rain. Instructions on where to find a complete list of essential equipment is on the next page.
Charges The cost of the camp is $570. Please use www.trybooking.com to make your payment before the 24 March 2017. (Use the search word “queenwood”)
Transport The girls will travel in a variety of ways such as public transport, mountain bike, canoe and walking in order to explore and develop an awareness of the bushland in northern Sydney. Girls must be at Hunter Park for roll call at 9.00am on Monday, 1st May. They will leave Queenwood at 9.30 am and will return to Hunter Park at 3.00 pm on Friday, 5th May.
Medical Forms All medical information will be accessed via CareMonkey. This online risk management system records vital information such as allergies, medical conditions, emergency and medical contacts. An email detailing medical requirements will be sent to you shortly by CareMonkey. More information regarding this system is outlined overleaf. Please read and sign the attached indemnity form and return to your daughters tutor no later than Friday 24th February. Yours faithfully, Ashleigh Mace Year 10 Outdoor Education Co-coordinator
Year 10 Camp Times 9.00am
Roll Call at Hunter Park
Students leave from Hunter Park to various destinations around Sydney Monday 1st May 2017
3:00 pm Students return to Hunter Park from Cockatoo Island Friday 5th May 2017
Location & Camp Organiser Run by: Outdoor Education Group (OEG) Location: Sydney, surrounding Suburbs and National Parks. Accommodation varies between groups using a combination of the following venues: • Baden Powell Scout Centre • Cockatoo Island • Roseville Scout Hall • Glengarry Girl Guides Centre • Lane Cove River Tourist Park • Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre • The Basin
Equipment required for camp Please refer to the separate gear list provided by OEG. To access the list (and any additional information regarding Yr 10 camp), log onto OEG’s website: http://www.oeg.org.au/queenwood/ Under Schools Login : Queenwood. You will need to enter the password: QWSinthewoods This is a fully catered program with meals provided for all participants from dinner on the first day to lunch on the last day. Students will need to bring morning tea and lunch on the first day. (No nut or nut derivative ingredients (eg: Peanut Oil , Almond Meal) is to be brought on camp). Special Note: The Outdoor Education Group has the best available communication systems available for each program. All communications between the field and the school will be conducted through the AHC (All Hours Contact) system. Mr Christopher Daunt Watney will be Queenwood’s School AHC person. The school will provide an emergency contact number should the need arise for parents to contact their daughter for the duration of the program. More information regarding the AHC system will be provided to parents via the schools newsletter in the week preceding camp.
SIGNATURE, OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN CERTIFYING Student’s Name……………………………………….. Parent/Guardian Signature……………………………. Date………………………