Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,

Last week I had the pleasure to accompany the senior class on their annual school camp. This year, being an even year, was a winter camp based at Kelvin Heights, Queenstown.

The children got to experience a range of interesting and exciting activities that for many were a first:

skiing, gold panning, luging and being transported back into the past (ask the students).

They also: visited Highlands Park, walked a section of the rail trail, swam, visited a museum, walked old Arrowtown and the local Chinese village and rode the Gondola.

The camp was a great success and it’s great to see all of the seniors attempting all of the activities with real enthusiasm.

I would like to thank the exceptional group of parents who accompanied us on camp: Janine Tindall-Morice, Guy Matheson, Adrian Van der Vliet, Brendon Farr and Grant Dodson. Without the support of these parents, events like camp would not be able to take place. So thank you all very much for your


Also a huge thanks to Mrs Judy Baines, who organises the camp so well. The time and effort that Judy puts in is certainly well above what would be expected. She begins planning two years in advance with the initial bookings and then arranges all activities, transport, food and ensures that costs are kept as low as possible.

We learn more about ourselves in times of struggle than in times of ease.

Have a great week,

Mike Brosnahan

Assembly Room

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