At the end of last term, the Year 7s were lucky enough to finally get to go on their camp to Iga Warta, in the Flinders Ranges. After an eight-hour journey we arrived in what seemed like an oasis in the middle of nowhere. This oasis was to be our home for the next three days. Tents, campfires, and singalongs were part and parcel of our trip.
The students were given the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture from our hosts who shared their history with the students. From viewing ancient rock paintings and learning about the flora of the area to visiting the ochre pits and learning about the Adnyamathana people and their connection to the land and language. This trip was not only one of deep learning but a lot of fun. Each night students gathered around the campfires and Terence, our host, would tell stories of his ancestors as well as bring the guitar to have a sing-along with the students. On our final night Terence presented our Year 7 leaders with a beautiful hard cover book about the Adnyamathana history and language that he authored. This is now presiding in our library for students and staff to read. The annual Year 7 quiz night was also held on our final night, with the parent helpers coming in a close second!
Iga Warta was a once in a lifetime experience for many and we felt blessed to be able to travel to the Flinders Ranges. We would like to thank our hosts, the Coulthard family for sharing their home and history with us, the parent helpers, and the students for being just awesome!