At Helena College we believe that even our youngest students are ready for the personal growth and independence that develops through the camps experience.
That’s why we start our whole school camps programme in Pre-primary with an overnight sleepover at Helena House Hall, in the school grounds. From there students go on camp every year, each building on the personal and academic growth of the previous year.
It is widely recognised that there are many benefits to a structured school camps programme, which provides the experiences children need in today’s technologically driven world.
Appropriate risk taking – on camp, children are in an environment that encourages and supports their ability to take appropriate risks and set achievable goals. These skills help children grow into successful adults.
Increased creativity – camps encourage imagination as children work out how to win the cleanest room award, create an amazing skit for the talent show or make it across the creek without getting wet feet.
Positive role models – spending time with others away from home gives children the chance to observe positive behaviour from College staff and from each other, as well as acting as role models themselves.
Giving children the opportunity to attend a camp is one of the best gifts you can give. When they come home they will have more self-confidence and you will notice progress in the maturity process.
Venue and activities
Dates for 2017
|Pre-primary||Helena House Hall, Darlington Campus
Activities: fruit kebab and pizza making, personalised laminated place mats, Perth lights and star gazing, language activity related to sleepover and free outside play.
|overnight in Term Four||12 October|
|Year 1||Point Peron Camp School, Rockingham
Activities: star gazing, movie night and beachcombing
|2 days in Term Four||16 – 17 November|
|Year 2||Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra
Activities: low ropes, flying fox, mini golf, games, DVD evening, indoor rock climbing and giant swing
|2 days in Term Four||8-9 November|
|Year 3||Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp, Bickley
Activities: ice-breaker games, bush survival, snake and lizard encounter, flying fox and team building challenges
|2 days in Term Two||25-26 May|
|Year 4||Woodman Point Recreation Camp, Coogee
Activities: reptile park, archery, history walk and challenge, team building exercises, bonfire and games, beachcombing, team games, flying fox, vertical challenge in the cube, movie night, historical places of interest and supervised viewing of Cockburn Central Shopping Centre
|3 days in Term Two||7-9 June|
|Year 5||Ern Halliday Recreation Camp, Hillarys
Activities: visit to AQUA, archery, caving, flying fox and roping (big swing, crate climb, rock climbing and vertical ascent)
|4 days in Term Two||13-16 June|
For more information on the camps programme at the Darlington Campus, contact, Greg Miller, Head of Junior School.