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The Harristown Academy’s Year 10 and 11 students whose attendance was greater than 90%, were rewarded with a two day camp at the Gold Coast Thursday 10th and Friday 11th March.

After loading both buses choc-a-block full of luggage, swags and humans, we were on our way to our first activity which was a “Learn 2 Surf” class, which was conducted at “The Spit” at Southport on the Gold Coast.

Whilst not being the best conditions to learn to surf in, the boys gave it a great crack with the majority of them getting to their feet at least once. It’s fair to say though that the next Mick Fanning or Kelly Slater definitely won’t be coming from Harristown Clontarf Academy.

Once we finished and showered up, it was a trip to “Harbour Town” to do a spot of outlet shopping. The Nike shop proved popular with the boys, with a number of them (staff included) coming away with numerous bargains.

We then boarded the buses and headed for the hills; staying in the Gold Coast hinterland at a Scouts Hut. A lot of the boys were put out of their comfort zones forced to have cold showers, sleeping in a swag for the first time and dealing with the numerous cane toads!

Overnight the heavens decided to open up, and as everyone had their swags on the grass, it was a mad dash to drag their swags inside the hut. Academy Officer Bladesy (whom is a heavy sleeper), comically slept through the whole commotion and rain and when he woke up in the morning he thought everyone had gone and left him behind.

Breakfast was consumed, swags rolled, bags were packed. Next stop was Wet’n'Wild Waterpark. The boys could not contain their excitement and once the gates opened, it was a mad dash around all the different slides and rides. The highlight being the “Aqualoop” which was terrifying.

After the boys had burnt themselves out, it was time to return home. The bonding between everyone on camp was priceless as the numerous stories which are still being told amongst the group of boys today, showing that the camp was well and truly a great success.

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