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The first of the Year 8 Camps left Galen on Wednesday morning headed for Harrietville. With the weather that we had experienced in the lead up to the camp, it was feared that we would have to cancel the group walk. Fortunately, we were lucky enough to get through this activity, enjoyed a talk from the ladies at the Alpine Visitors Centre and a visit to Nightingales Apple Orchards.
Once we arrived at the Feathertop Chalet the heavens opened and the rain fell continuously. We managed to get through the activities that were planned and to have a reasonably good night sleep. In the morning it was clear that our outdoor activities would not be possible and the staff quickly scrambled to come up with some alternatives. By mid-morning we received news that the schools in Wangaratta were closing down and that we should start to pack up and get ready to leave. The students were amazed at the amount of water and the change in scenery over night and were very happy to get home safely.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and parents for their understanding and co-operation on Thursday. It was a highly unusual situation but was managed as well as possible. I know that the students were disappointed but they also seemed to understand that the conditions would not allow us to enjoy the experience and it was best to come home.
I would also like to thank the staff who were on the camp for the way they all worked together to make sure that the students, parents and school knew what was going on at all times.
Lauren Lee, Junior School Director