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Student story: My field studies camp experience

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 15, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Student story: My field studies camp experienceBy Matthew De Belle, Year 9

The Trinity Field Studies experience is quite unique. It is an opportunity we would not get to be part of anywhere else. It is a valuable experience for everyone who takes part in the Field Studies programme. There is a lot to learn and new things to try for all. There is much to say about my time spent at Field Studies, I had my fair share of challenges and highlights like everybody. There was also much fun to be had during our four-week stay.

Throughout the camp we took part in many different activities. The first set included mountain biking, abseiling and canoeing. These activities prepared us for the campouts later on during our time at the Field Studies camp. As time progressed we were able to engage in different classroom and outdoor activities in and around the Field Studies Centre in Woollamia in the Jervis Bay area. Classroom learning consisted of both theoretical work for our activities at camp, and also keeping up with our studies, such as Mathematics and History.

During the camp, I had mixed feelings about being away from home and having to become more independent throughout the month. On the morning that we departed for camp, I really felt nervous about how I would manage the next month away from home. I tried my best to keep an open mind, telling myself that as it was something I have never done before, it could be quite enjoyable. Over time, I became more and more comfortable in this new environment, and eventually was very happy to have more independence. There were times throughout the camp where I started to miss home. This I fully expected as a month can feel like a long time, however my feelings were eased after the parent visit day – having contact with family certainly helped.

On the whole, my time during the Field Studies programme was very enjoyable – I learnt a lot and had many good experiences along the way. We held our own ‘Woollamia Olympics’ featuring multiple events and we had loads of fun throughout the day. We also visited the Shoalhaven Zoo – first we were able to see all the animals there, then we stopped for a BBQ lunch and finished off the day on the ropes course before heading back to camp.

The best thing about camp was not one single activity or day, I would say that my favourite part of camp was establishing new friendships with the people I was on camp with. I have friends today that I met during Field Studies who I would otherwise not have encountered at School. Not only was I able to make new friends, but I also was able to be more involved with old friends.

My expectations of Field Studies were quite a mixed bag, from hearing the opinions of others and trying to form my own expectations. I thought the best approach would be to have an open mind and take each challenge one at a time. Even though I had no real expectations of Field Studies, I feel as though it surpassed any that I did have. As a whole I can say that Field Studies was thoroughly enjoyable, and I was able to learn a lot. It helped me to develop into a more mature and independent person. Being a Trinity boy and having the opportunity to experience the Field Studies programme are privileges for which I am thankful.


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