Middlies 3/4 Camp
Middles 3/4 returned, last week, from a wonderfully rich experience that saw us travel further north in Tasmania than any other Cottage School group. We set off last Tuesday for Low Head, primarily to visit the Bass and Flinders Centre in George Town. The centre bought the stories of Bass and Flinders vividly to light, a few hours in the museum was worth a month of classroom work. We got to climb aboard a replica of the Norfolk, that Bass and Flinders used to circumnavigate Tasmania. We got to lay on their bunks, listen to wild tales and meet Trim, Flinders’ now, world famous cat.
2 days in the Low Head Caravan Park gave us the opportunity to explore the east and west Tamar Valley. Highlights were the Seahorse Centre, Platypus/Echidna World and a fairy penguin tour. We packed up our Low Head camp and had a night in Launceston’s Big4 park so that we could visit the Queen Vic Gallery and Cataract Gorge. A definite highlight , for young and old, was the jumping pillow! We spent our last night the gorge having a bar-b-que and swim in the gorge pool. Our run home was punctuated by a stop in Oatlands at Annandale Farm to see a dairy in action. Fortunately we also saw a dog working sheep in yards and had a relaxing lunch at the homestead.
The children were just as I expected; engaged, enthusiastic, helpful and brilliant learners. They represented themselves, families and our school admirably. I can think of at least a dozen people who approached us asking where we were from and filling our buckets with compliments and acknowledgments. I’ve since heard that a group of travellers we met in the north were singing our praises on the east coast to Cottage School family.
We arrived back exhausted, happy, emotional and with overflowing buckets. Huge congratulations to all the students who had to dig so deep to make the camp what it was. Thanks also to everyone who’ve helped to prepare the students along the way and through the years to be successful at camp, past teachers, families and friends. My final thanks go to Georgie and Susanne, brilliant colleagues and the ‘happiest of campers’. Cheers, Lee.