2019 marked a change for the Mazzarello Challenge Camp program. As we had outgrown our previous location, we chose to divide the students amongst three different sites across Victoria. The aims of the camp remained the same across all the locations with a strong focus on resilience, responsibility, leadership and teamwork. All three camps had the students working through activities designed to challenge them physically, mentally or both. As is the norm for this camp, the students slept in tents for the 4 nights and carried the bulk of their food and supplies on their backs. Being device free meant we had ample time to talk to each other and discuss a range of topics from personal interests and goals to self-reflection sessions that allowed the students to take stock of what they had achieved and how we might capitalise on that once we got back to school. One of the key insights that came up in many groups was that we are all capable of much more than we think and often we give up with plenty of petrol left in the tank. Our challenge to our students is to take this learning back into their everyday lives so they can give themselves the best chance to reach their potential
Below Year 9 Student Chloe Prpic recalls what the camp meant to her, and what she has taken from it.
"My journey to Hatter was a very long one but so worth it. Hatter had such good weather and the scenery was beautiful, you went from being in the forest to being in the heart of the desert. The first day was a challenge having the pack on for the first time and still getting use to the weight. Day two was easier and more chilled even though it was a longer distance. Walking up over every hill you didn’t know what to expect you could be in bush to being on red sand. The view of the Murray coming up on the last hill was unbelievable I can’t believe I finally made it. The next 3 days were very chill, just swimming and cruising on the Murray with the canoes. Yes, the water was quite chilly but such a good way to cool down. My two favourite moments and memories were when Mr Martiniello capsized and fell in the water. He was lost in song and dance, so he stood up and fell in. Other favourite memory was after every day we would all come together as a group talk about the day, share stories, play games and have a laugh we became a family by the end of camp. Camp is something I will never forget, it taught me more about myself to keep on going and help me get out of my comfort zone".
Chloe Prpic 9H (O’Grady)
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast