At Park Lake State School we believe that our camping program is an
integral component in the development of all children in the areas of
self-discipline, self-motivation, organisational skills, independence, group
cooperation, social skills, personal hygiene, self-confidence and a range of
academic skills dependent upon the venue.
Prep to Year Two children are involved in a one night ‘sleep-over’
at school each year. The ‘sleep-over’ is
held in the children’s classroom during term three or four and provides a safe
and exciting environment for the children to experience a night away from home.
Year Three and Year Four children are involved in a camp during term
two or three based on environmental studies and generally Year Three attend
Numinbah Valley EEC (1night, 2 days) and Year Four attend Tallebudgera Farm
School (2 nights, 3 days). This camp
really extends the need to be self-disciplined and organised.
Year Five and Year Six children have a camp each year. Year Five
attend Midginbill Hill (2 nights, 3 days) and Year Six attend Lake Ainsworth OEC (4 nights, 5 days).
We see this camp as an important unifier for the older grades and aim to
develop group cohesiveness and understanding of the individual needs of others.