Year 9 OLP experience – By Amelia

Year 9 OLP was an unforgettable experience, where I was able to work as a team, leader and joined in on many camp activities. After a nine-hour bus ride we arrived at camp Kalbarri, which we would only be staying in for one night. The next couple of nights we would be staying at Z bend, then the next night in the beautiful gorge. The last proper day we trecked out of the gorge and spent our last night back at camp Kalbarri before we left on the bus the next day.

We participated in many cool activities, throughout camp, one particular activity that took a lot of courage for me and a few others was absailing into the gorge. It was a 30 metre abseil and I was part of the first group that went down. The start was very terrifying because you were horizontal above the ground, but I continued down and made it to the bottom. This took a lot of courage and resilience and I was very prepared to say I wasn’t going to do it, but I persisted and once I reached the bottom it was worth it because there was a beautiful river running through the gorge.

When we were at the base camp, we (the group and I) did an activity where we split the group in half and each group held a tarp. Then we put a ball in one of the tarps and together as a group we worked to throw the ball onto the other tarp. Camp also included a lot of walking. Walking to Z bend, walking to the gorge and more. Although this did seem quite exhausting at the time, when I reflect on it, it did mean I was able to have conversations with the members of my group and also get a bit of exercise in.

I think the main skills I have gained during camp will have to be resilience, teamwork and making new friendships. Resilience I gained while doing the abseil, and hikes. I gained teamwork by partaking in the tarp and ball activity, but also working to make dinner and lunch on the Trangia. We had to communicate and work together to end up with an edible meal, and try our best to get the least amount of sand in our dish. I also strengthened and made new friendships with people I never used to talk to, but now after sharing that experience, I now have a reason to talk to them every week. Overall camp was a valuable experience where I was able to gain new skills and join in on activities I may never get the chance to do again.

InnovatED Salvation Army Pitch

The Story:

This past term, a team, including Jason, Mia, myself and others, had been given the task by a volunteer organisation, the Salvation Army. They asked us to help them solve a problem. The problem was that they had a short of particular items and sometimes too much of an item. They wanted to make sure they were only getting the items they wanted so they asked us to make a an app or website for all the schools they were partnered with. This way they could send alerts on the app or website and one of the schools would be able to give them the particular items. We all got  into to small groups and started designing ideas for the website and thinking how we are going lay out the pages. We then decided it would be best to all merge into one big group from there we made an amazing website, were you were able to post if you could deliver an item to the organisation. From there we prepared a power point and made scripts and practiced pitching to the head of school partners of the Salvation Army. Soon we pitched  and shared our ideas and showed our power point. He saw a future for our idea and was very happy with the end result, this was news to our ears! The best part was that we got to help people who need it, struggling on the streets, and help make a difference!