YEAR 9 CAMP 2019
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
A three day camp has been organised for Year 9 coming up in Term 4. It is expected that Year 9 students will gain a great deal from the social interaction and develop a greater sense of belonging to their Year group. The camp also aims to encourage Year 9 students to develop greater self-reliance, resourcefulness, self-esteem and the ability to make decisions. It will provide opportunities for the students to develop skills in relating to their peers and teachers.
Students will be staying overnight for two nights at the camp this year. Parents are reminded that the camp is a compulsory experience for all students. Please see details below.
DATES: Wednesday 23 October – Friday 25 October, 2019
VENUE: Nepean Adventure Centre
ADDRESS: 71 Dredge Avenue, Douglas Park NSW
WEDNESDAY: Students will leave after homeroom on Wednesday 23 October
FRIDAY: On Friday 25 October, the students will return to Marian by 3pm in time for students to catch normal buses home.
COST: Covered in 2019 school fees
NOTES: Please fill out the online Parental Acknowledgment form below. The Medical & Activity Restriction Form (attached separately) is to be printed, filled out and returned to the Student foyer by Friday 27 September, 2019.
CONTACT INFORMATION AT CAMP: If a parent needs to contact a student in an emergency situation, they can call:
0467 805 803 (College mobile – contact: Adam Thomas) OR 1800 334 994 (Nepean Adventure Centre)
GUIDELINES AND DOCUMENTS:
- Camp Guidelines
Whilst challenge and enjoyment are integral components of the program, student safety is our first priority. Hence, it is essential that you read with your child and consent to, the guidelines below. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all involved, any student putting themselves or their peers at risk of injury through a breach of these guidelines will be required to be picked up and returned home. Students will be sent home if they breach ANY of the following:
- Bringing and/or using any of these substances: tobacco products; alcohol; unlawful drugs; amphetamines; energy drinks, and any mood altering substances;
- Engaging in any dangerous or inappropriate activities;
- Disobeying camp rules and/or being rude or disrespectful to staff;
- Breaching the ‘hands off’ rule;
- Being uncooperative and not following safety instructions that could endanger themselves or others. Students are expected to co-operate with the staff at the site and respect the environment of the camp venue. Students who deliberately damage property or whose irresponsible actions result in damage to property will be expected to pay for it.
- Gear Checklist
Students will need to bring a bag containing:
- 4 T-shirts (no mid-driff or sleeveless shirts allowed)
- 4 pairs of shorts (not short, shorts)
- 2 long sleeve shirts or jumpers
- 2 pairs of long pants for cold weather
- Spare socks and underwear
- Hat or cap and beanie
- 1 raincoat
- 1 pillow and pillow case
- 1 sleeping bag or sheet/s with blanket
- torch (make sure it is working before you bring it on camp)
- 1 water bottle (1 litre capacity minimum)
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- 2 pairs of sensible joggers or boots (1 old pair that you can get wet – no thongs!)
- 2 plastic bags to put your dirty or wet clothes in
- 2 towels (1 for outdoors, 1 for showers)
- hair tie for abseiling (if you have long hair)
- 1 plate, 1 bowl, 1 fork, 1 knife, 1 spoon, 1 cup and tea towel (mess kit)
- optional items – camera, souvenir/shop money
NOTE: In addition to the above items it is also recommended that you bring a small day pack so that personal items such as medications, water bottles, hats, raincoats, insect repellents and sunscreens can be easily carried during the day. Closed-in shoes are required at all times for activities and WH&S. Singlet tops will not be permitted, for sun safety and due to harnesses/life-jackets being worn during the activities. All students are required to wear shorts of an appropriate length. Due to certain activities being water-based, students are asked to bring swimmers, a change of clothes and a towel. Skirts are not suitable for any of the activities provided. Chewing gum is not permitted. Mobile devices including phones will not be required and should remain at home. Devices that are brought to the venue will be collected on day one and returned at the conclusion of the camp. Students will be given an opportunity, at a designated time, to access their phone if they wish to make contact with parents. There will be teachers taking photos throughout the two days to have memories of our time at camp.
- Medical and Activity Restriction Form
It is imperative that parents of students who suffer seriously from asthma provide sufficient information and an asthma management plan, so that teachers can take appropriate action in the event of an attack. Students who require inhalers should carry them at all times while at camp. Similarly, all students that suffer from the risk of anaphylaxis must keep their EpiPen on them at all times and provide sufficient documentation. Please ensure you complete the Medical Information section carefully. Scheduled medication must be provided in the original container (as required by legislation) if your child needs to take it to camp. Medication will be collected by Mr Thomas, on Wednesday morning before we depart for camp. Sick or injured students may be taken to the nearest Medical Centre for assessment by a doctor if this is considered appropriate. You will be informed if this happens. Please ensure you have recorded your Medicare and Private Health Insurance Fund numbers in this form.
The attached Medical and Activity Restriction form from Nepean Adventure Centre must be printed and filled out by all parents/carers. Please complete the form and return to the Student Foyer by Friday 27 September, 2019. This document also includes the gear checklist and the Activity List for the camp.
- Financial Information
Payment for camp has been included as part of the 2019 school fees. Parents are reminded that the camp is a compulsory experience for all students. Students who are unable to attend are expected to be at school for those three days. The parent/caregiver of any student who cannot attend the camp must notify Mr Thomas in writing immediately. If you have any queries concerning the Year 9 Camp, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Thomas at the College. Thank you for your support and we look forward to enjoying a fulfilling camp experience with your child.
Mrs Jayne Campbell (Principal) and Mr Adam Thomas (Year 9 Leader of Learning)
To be completed by the parent/guardian: