Year 9 Camp 2020

The Year 9 camp is not too far away and I am expecting the students will experience some lovely weather during the day and hopefully it won’t be too chilly in the evenings.  At this time of the year they may well be in for a treat if the wildflowers are beginning to bloom.

The Year 9 campers will be leaving for Wilpena Pound on Monday 14 September and are required to be at school by 7.30am for an 8.00am departure. Students are to meet in the School quad.

Students will return to school at 5.00pm on Friday 18 September. We will send parents a text around 2.00pm on the Friday confirming the arrival time.

Students have been briefed by OEG and last week they received further information on the camp from Mr Polkinghorne. They learnt their groups and have begun their personal camp preparation. The OEG website  http://www.oeg.edu.au provides an equipment list for students and other useful information.  To access this website, click on LOG IN enter Pulteney Grammar School and use the password ‘Explore’.  When you have entered the website, click on Year 9, then click on ‘Learn More’.

One aspect of the student presentation was informing them of the COVID 19 camp considerations.


The following points were made:

  • If students are ill before camp then their parents are to contact me via email or phone, as they are not to attend. My mobile number is 0409 987 170. Email paul.ryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au .
  • There will be two people per three-person tent, but they must sleep head to toe.
  • They should maintain 1.5m social distancing with staff.
  • They are not to share utensils when cooking.
  • They must maintain personal hygiene – washing hands regularly before and after meals and after going to the toilet. There will be facilities for washing hands and plenty of hand sanitiser will be provided.
  • Students are to inform staff if they are feeling unwell.

OEG have specific COVID 19 measures that they will be following. If you are interested in reading these measures, they can be accessed by clicking here.

If parents are yet to, can you please add their child’s medical information into Operoo (previously known as Caremonkey). Parents should have received an email from the Operoo system. Please feel free to contact The Outdoor Education Group if you have any questions, concerns or feedback, via medicals@oeg.edu.au.

Also, parents also need to indicate camp attendance consent which can be completed by clicking here.

Camps provide students with challenges. For some, simply attending is a big challenge, for others it may be the ‘solo’ night, or the abseil. Meeting personal challenges provides students with self-confidence and self- belief. It also provides a bond between students.

I am hopeful students will return from the camp, not only with a greater appreciation of their bed, but with an understanding that they ‘can do’. I also hope that the camp experience provides the catalyst for even greater bonding within the Year 9 cohort.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School