Students Finally Hit the Slopes in Canberra


In 2020, our Year 6 students were promised that their postponed Syndey-Canberra camp would one day go ahead so that they could enjoy a trip to the capital city and the snow with their peers. Two years and three failed attempts later (and with COVID travel restrictions now easing), this dream finally became a reality for the cohort, who are now in Year 8! With two days in Canberra and then two on the slopes of Thredbo, there was so much to see and do. 

The inter-campus group of students included 52 from Reedy Creek and 27 from Pimpama and was a great opportunity for our students to make new friends, as they shared the experience together. Ten teachers accompanied the group - with eight from Pimpama and two from Reedy Creek. Danielle from Educatours also joined the tour, and was a source of constant reassurance, vital information and timely reminders. Everyone enjoyed the snow, with a number of students quickly showing their coordination and skills, mastering the skis and showing the rest of us how it's done. A few people still have some more practice to get in before trying the slopes again, with Miss Soper taking the award for most spills. Overall it was a wonderful trip, with the vast majority of students showing our southern friends just how respectful, curious and courageous our young people can be. Most of all, each night saw multiple students giving their lives to Jesus, as our chaplaincy team delivered moving messages of hope, love and kindness to eager minds and hearts.

Glenn Miles

Deputy Head of Secondary (Culture) | Pimpama Campus

Pimpama student, Kate Duckworth, shared about her experiences: 

"It was a very early start on the first day in Canberra. We hopped on the buses at 5:45am and before we knew it, we were on our way to Brisbane Airport. On the plane, some students were very sleepy, but others were wide awake like I was. Time flew past in a flash, and we soon touched down in Canberra. We went to the War Memorial then drove past the ANZAC Parade Memorials, then we looked at the Mount Ainslie view and carried on to Questacon. On the second day, we went to the Electoral Education centre to learn about the government and then went to see the Parliament House. After we went to the Parliament House, we drove for three hours to get to Jindabyne. On the third and fourth days, we went skiing all day in Thredbo. As time flew past, we were back at the airport ready to go home. My favourite part of the trip was the amazing chapels after a great day of skiing. I would definitely love to go again in the future.""