Wow -what an amazing time the Year 8 students had on their recent expedition to the Margaret River region. A 5:00am start and a 3 hour bus trip was soon forgotten as we hiked, abseiled, kayaked, caved and swam between Redgate Beach and Wilyaborup Cliffs along the south coast. Between these adventures, students set up tents, assisted with cooking meals and enjoyed sitting around the camp fire ‘just chilling’. In preparation for this expedition, I asked students to have an open mindset, to look for opportunities for personal growth/ development and bring a ‘can do attitude’. Not only did they do this, but they also mixed in a healthy dose of care, concern and consideration for their peers and a respectful approach to the environment they were inhabiting. Culturally, we learnt about local Indigenous customs, practices and we were invited to try some of the Bushtucker foods as we explored the surrounds of Margaret River.

Many thanks go to the students for making this an enjoyable and engaging experience for everyone. Mr Quelch was amazing in his preparation, especially where the menu was concerned. my understanding is that we also had some muesli bars loving prepared by Mrs Benn Majzner prior to camp. Fellow group coordinators Mrs Gunders-Hunt and Mrs Russell were outstanding as they completed every step of the journey alongside the students. Mr Scrivener and Mrs Thorpe seamlessly completed the logistics so as all the buses and trailers ‘magically appeared’ in all the right places at just the right times. They combined this with expert instruction on all matters of tent construction / deconstruction, so much so that we can safely say that ‘we left the camping grounds better than we found them’. Mrs Solomon was a tremendous addition to the staff team – is there anything she cannot do!? Finally, we thank Shira and Shachar and Shira for their ruach along the way.

We very much look forward to making this expedition part of the Carmel School DNA for many years to come.

Mr Hall