The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

7.1 Moray Adventure

Last week the boys of 7.1 travelled down the freeway to the picturesque bushland of Moray.  For many Year 7 boys it was their first time at Moray.  Nervous but excited faces, lined the windows of the bus as we packed up and headed south.

The boys embraced all aspects of the Outdoor Education Programme but a favourite would have to be the raft building and canoeing.  A popular game was the see-saw, where boys stand at either end of the canoe and try to flip the other person into the water.  This resulted in much laughter and some sneaky tactical movements employed by some boys.  Raft building also saw the competitive spirit in force.  Boys were asked to build a raft with materials provided, that was sea worthy, as well as fast.  The scientists, with an interest in physics, were in their element.  There was much talk about hydrodynamics, force, buoyancy and weight distribution.  The winners, helping themselves to extra dessert!

Sleeping arrangements were different each night.  Boys experienced sleeping in tents, dorms or hutchies and were surprised to learn that swags can be very comfortable.  Sleeping outdoors was the preferred option as the days grew hotter and the nights cooler.

The climbing wall was another challenge faced by our Year 7 boys.  One after the other they climbed higher and higher placing their trust in the loyal belayers down below.  Many felt at the start that the climbing wall was beyond their capabilities only to find that they achieved heights beyond their own expectations.  One of the Year 7 boys commented "every activity was great fun and you always learned something new about yourself".

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We are so fortunate to have Moray.  What a great experience it is for our boys and staff!

Mrs Karen Woods
7.1 Homeroom Teacher