It’s almost G3 Camp! I’m pretty sure there will be butterflies in excited tummies tonight!
Logistics for arriving at school Wednesday morning
Your child will arrive as normal to school. They need to come to the 9th floor where they can “Check-In”. Ms Mumford (3B), Ms V and Ms Koo (3C) and myself will be there to tell your child which ‘Activity Group’ they will be in
- Go to the 9th floor lobby
- Check in to find out your ‘Activity Group’
- Drop big bag on 9th floor in designated area.
- Go to the 11th floor playground with small day-pack.
- Parents may drop off medications to teachers in classrooms at 7:50 – 8:10
- Dismissal to classrooms at 7:50.
- In classroom, attendance will be taken and expectations shared.
- At 8:10 Teachers will accompany students to the 9th floor playground to pick up their bags and line up in activity groups.
- Load and board the buses on the 7th floor with departure at 8:30.
And the Preparations have continued….
Over the last week, we have been addressing some of the worries associated with being away at camp for the first time. We went for a hike to become more accustomed to the ‘wilderness’ , yesterday we read ‘Snoring Beauty’ as this happens to the best of us, and today we discussed strategies for homesickness.
Here were some of the fantastic suggestions the students of 3A came up with
- have your parents write a secret note and hide in your backpack. You can find it when unpacking and read it to yourself on camp.
- record your parents saying “Good night” or “I love you” (you can use the little keychain recorder from Bridget’s birthday)
- bring a photo of your parents or family on camp with you
- ask for a hug from a friend or teacher
- arrange your bed or things like you would at home
- bring a t-shirt that smells like your mum or dad to snuggle with at night
- bring a lovey or stuffed toy from home
- be positive – remember all the great new things we have been doing, and all the exciting things we will be doing
- self-talk “I am missing my family a little, but . . . . . . “
As we are such a caring class, we also discussed what the students can do if they noticed a friend was feeling a little homesick. We agreed that calling them ‘crybaby’ and dismissing their feelings are inappropriate and would not help the situation, however these tips would help them feel a bit better:
- acknowledge how they are feeling
- sit with them for a while
- tap or rub them on the back
- give them a hug if they want
- stay positive and talk about the exciting things we are doing.
Hopefully everything should go smoothly. The students are aware that parents won’t be called in the middle of the night to pick them up.
Contact During Camp
The teachers and students will be busy engaging in a lot of new and exciting experiences on camp. If there is an emergency at home – you may contact the school office and they will pass a message along to us. (I remember finding out about my new baby sister this way on G8 Camp). If there is an emergency where your child needs to be notified outside of school hours, a contact number was shared on the original camp permission form.
Teachers will be tweeting select photos on twitter. You can follow our class twitter account, or follow the #g3camp hashtag to see photos taken by other teachers who are also on camp. The activity groups have a mix of students from all classes, so the #g3camp hashtag will come in handy.
Individual teachers and EA’s won’t be answering their phones or checking messages during camp. If a problem arises, we will call you.
Students aren’t permitted to bring devices on camp. If a child does bring a mobile phone, it will be taken from them and kept safe for the duration of the camp.