Week 2 of this term saw our Year 11 students travel to South Stradbroke Island for a three day camp. This is a camp that requires students to supply their own tents, food and cooking utensils, and which requires a lot of team work and personal responsibility. The location of the camp is also a chance for students to experience staying in a location with very friendly native fauna, with a largely pristine habitat, beach and dunes. The focus of this camp is on completing the students’ Group 4 project, while focusing on authentic, real-world learning across multiple science and creative disciplines. To achieve this, students engage in a range of activities across the three days, exploring the island’s resources and reflecting on science-based problem solving.
The camp also creates an environment that fosters strong social bonds among students, as well as helping them to develop resilience and independence having to feed, shelter and manage their own basic needs. There is also a focus in the camp on students earning points for their houses, which contribute to the overall QAHS House Competition for the year. This year Ventus was the grand winner of the combined camps’ point tallies. Congratulations and thank you to all Year 11 students who participated in the camp, exhibiting all of the IB Learner traits. Thank you as well to all staff who contributed to the smooth running of the camp.
Mr Paul Mitchell and Mr Patrick Emery