The Year 11 Ningaloo Camp is a compulsory annual event at the College. Students have amazing opportunities to dive with whale sharks and enjoy the natural beauty of Ningaloo Reef which is a fringing coral reef located off the north west coast of Western Australia, approximately 1200 km north of Perth.

The camp is a culmination of training that starts in Year 10 through the Cadet programme for snorkelling and scuba diving. The camp has numerous links to WACE courses of study and for example, students particpating in scuba diving can earn 5 WACE points.

At the end of Term 1 2019, the Year 11 students made the overnight bus trip to Coral Bay, home to one of the world’s largest fringing reefs and the destination for their ‘once in a lifetime’ school camp.  The sun had just risen above the horizon as the students arrived and they were soon being allocated tents and having breakfast at the Ningaloo Adventure Camp.

For the next four days the students explored the dazzling white beaches and an  underwater wonderland of incredible diversity. Turtles, dolphins, reef sharks, colourful coral and more than 500 species of fish were on spectacular display as they snorkelled, underwater scootered, paddle boarded and aqua-rushed their way around the Ningaloo Marine Park. Many students enjoyed the excitement of swimming alongside the majestic whale shark, the biggest fish in the sea. Each day began with a beautiful devotion as the students watched the sun rise, taking time to reflect on the majesty of their God and his breathtaking creation. A devotion on the final day centred on students working in their groups to create ‘Sculptures by the Reef’, where the impact of the camp was shared through their works in the sand.

The students and staff enjoyed the Ningaloo Adventure Camp immensely. They were taken out of their comfort zones  and formed deeper connections with each other and the iconic coastal landscape. By the time the students stopped in at The Geraldton War Memorial on their return trip for a special devotion by Padre, small friendship groups had dissolved in to one collective group, and as they departed, they took with them memories they will share for a lifetime.

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