Extraordinary field studies

12 Sep 2018

Extraordinary field studies

In Trinity news, mid-August saw the whole of Year 6 at the Preparatory School depart for Woollamia in the Jervis Bay region. It was an extraordinary field studies new experience for the whole of Year 6. As we left we saw all our parents waving goodbye to us. It was sad that we had to leave them, but we were excited for the week ahead. It took two and a half hours to reach the Trinity Field Studies Centre and when we arrived, we were all overjoyed to be there. We arrived in a pandemonium as we came off the bus. As soon as we settled in and finished with our luggage we found out our cabin groups. We then unpacked and headed to our first activity.

For the canoeing activity, the whole of Year 6 had an instructor to instruct us on how to canoe and the techniques to use when paddling. On Thursday all four groups did a 3.5 kilometre trip from the Trinity Field Studies Centre to a beach and then two groups went back to the Trinity Field Studies Centre. Our arms were aching with the continuous canoeing towards our destination. The current was sometimes going our way and sometimes going the opposite way. At the end, we all felt accomplished that we canoed 3.5 kilometres, non-stop.

The Archery Centre was a very fun and exciting experience for most people. It gave us a chance to improve on our aiming skills and for our Master of the Preparatory School, Mr Wyatt to show off his amazing archery skills. There were lots of small birds in the area, but they didn’t interfere with our archery. The bows and arrows we used were elite which made it easier to hit the target. Some people struggled, while others powered through it. The experience of doing archery was amazing and felt really good. We are so lucky and privileged to have this chance to do fun stuff like this.

As we walked to the mangroves to have a wetland experience, we were all anxious to find out what we would see. When we got there, everyone was in awe. The mangroves were a beautiful site with small creatures living in there. We perceived mangrove trees, seedlings and pneumatophores (baby mangroves without leaves). We learned an abundance of facts about how they are crucial in our world and how they survive due to brackish water. We then got an orange ring and counted inside, how many pneumatophores, holes and seedling there were.

After we did our wetlands experience, the whole of Year 6 split into two groups which were our campsite groups. Group One camped near a forest in the open, and Group Two camped near the mangroves. Camping for two nights was a surreal experience. The first thing we did when we got to our campsite was to put up our tents. It was tricky for everyone to put up their tents with the wind, but everyone managed.

As the sun started to set, we learned how to cook our own food. We all received a “tranya” – cooking equipment which we used to cook our food. Inside our tranya there was a spondonicle, burner and three bowls. The nights were very cold, windy and very dusty. After a lot hard work and cooking we sat around the campfire and told riddles and had some gooey marshmallows – mmmmm!

The hike we went on was 11 kilometres in total. It was a very tiring but interesting experience – we had to walk on the beach which meant our shoes got dirty. We found lots of fish fossils that washed up on the beach. We trekked through a lot of trees and rocks which made it a tiny bit difficult, but we kept on going. We also decided to build a hut and break it down. It was a cool experience and we hope that we get to do it again!

On the way home we stopped at Illawarra Fly and were split into five groups. We went on a zipline and treetop walk. There were three ziplines and two suspension bridges for the zipline experience. The ziplines where 106 metres, 60 metres and 30 metres long. It was a scary but thrilling ride for everyone. The skywalk had many views and sights and a tall tower on a bouncing bridge. Many people overcame their fear of heights that day and were risktakers along with being open-minded. After the Illawarra Fly we departed for our trip back to Trinity. The whole journey was fantastic and extraordinary. It was one of the best camps!

By Luqman Radwan, Elie Charbel, Aaron Ha and Kareem Anboussi, Year 6

 

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