13 April 2018
On Wednesday night at Year 8 Camp, I had the privilege of watching a number of kids stand up before their peers and share a few thoughts on what it means to be a team. This didn’t happen inside of a building. We walked to the waters edge at Tahlee Camp in Carrington NSW and watched as the sun slowly sank behind the distant hills.
Why do we as a school invest so much in these camp experiences? Is it just to provide fun away from home … to give the kids another experience they wouldn’t have otherwise? Well, sure, it is … but it’s more than that. Standing together as a Year Level, looking out across the water at the sunset, is placing our students in a place where they can connect with God and each other in a whole new way.
Nature has a way of speaking to the soul like nothing else can. God is there in the stillness, and though some may not recognise that it’s Him speaking, His peace resonates through everyone. These types of experiences create powerful imagery and memories that last throughout a young person’s life.
This week our Year 3s, Year 5s, Year 8s, Year 10s and Year 11s were all away on camps creating memories, having new experiences, enjoying friendships, and being challenged spiritually. Our camp program truly does give kids the opportunity to experience Christ, to connect with His creation, and to grow as an individual and as part of a team.
The Year 8 team that took worship on Wednesday night, picked up sticks and asked Mr Ward to come forward and break one. He broke it easily. Then they handed him four sticks, then five, six and eventually 12. Now Mr Ward is a strong man, but after three sticks the task became impossible. The young students’ point was simple - we are stronger together. We can accomplish more as a team, we can impact the world more effectively, and we can do greater things for the cause of Christ. What a blessing to be nurtured by God through His sunset and His kids.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.” Ecclesiastes 4:9