At our annual Middle and Senior School camp week, students from Years 5 through 11 are sent to sites across the region to escape technology and engage with the “great outdoors”.

As a Round Square school, Lindisfarne fosters a Spirit of Adventure amongst our students — guiding them as they push beyond their limits, cross boundaries and discover they are capable of more than they might have ever imagined.

This year, over at Mebbin National Park, our Year 7s ventured to the base of Mt Warning to experience a variety of challenging and exciting activities that had students working together to achieve the best outcomes. Climbing the “Big Ben Tree” while all tied together was a huge hit as was the crate stack which involved stacking crates on top of each other and climbing to huge heights — the highest climb was 28 milk crates.

Other activities included wall climb, raft building, lily pads as well as group initiatives and mountain bike riding. The accommodation was in tents and each group got to experience a hike out to spot high up in the mountains for their own small group camp out.

Students in Year 8 travelled to Tyalgum Ridge where they hiked, lit their own fires, cooked food in billy cans, and set up tents to camp out. The young people participated in raft-building, where they learned a variety of knots and how to make a vessel capable of floating on water, as well as high and low ropes, archery, and biking.

Our Year 9 students took another step towards adulthood – embarking on Camp Kokoda near Lake Maroon on the Scenic Rim. In their Rite Journey class groups, students hiked their way up hill and down dale. The camp fostered cooperation, communication, self-esteem, initiative and self-reliance. The natural setting away from school and home helped to develop these ideals, and strongly supported the School’s aim in Year 9 of developing responsible, respectful, resilient and resourceful young adults.

Year 10 students travelled by ferry and 4WD across to Moreton Island where they enjoyed a fully-guided snorkeling tour of Tangalooma Shipwrecks, experienced some exhilarating sand tobogganing, and partook in the unforgettable Illuminating Transparent Night Kayaking Tour. Their camp also included a hike up Mt Tempest, a swim in the Blue Lagoon and a visit to Cape Moreton Lighthouse and Honeymoon Bay.

And, while the Year 12s stayed back at the Senior School, our Year 11 students travelled to Mount Tamborine in order to start their leadership journey. Elements of inclusive teamwork, communication, lateral approaches to problem solving, interpersonal relationships and preparation for Year 12 were thrown in for good measure!