2021 Year 9 Aspire UWA Camp

On Tuesday, 30 November 2021, six students started the 3-day Year 9 Aspire UWA Immersion Camp. Hugh Carton, Tobie Oosthuizen, Charlie Foster, Cynthia Siamutete, Savanah Doust and Esther Willett-Green were selected to attend the camp. Students from regional areas across WA attended the camp, they had the opportunity to experience university life by staying in single room dorm-style accommodation, shared mealtimes/bathrooms, and getting involved in group and team activities.  By the end of the camp, students had made some great friends, friends that one day they may end up studying at university together!

The camp was jampacked with activities and excursions:

  • Day 1:
    • Barry Winmar opened the camp and did the Welcome to Country, providing us with a beautiful story
    • UWA presentation about pathway opportunities, UWA ambassadors introduced themselves and shared their pathway journeys
    • UWA Sport Campus Challenge – a race around the campus identifying monuments/buildings
    • A visit to SciTech – a presentation in the Planetarium and visit to the exhibition area where students could take part in word search activities
    • A visit to the Boola Bardip WA Museum – a modern 3-floor museum with plenty of interactive areas for students to engage and learn
  • Day 2:
    • Teacher and Ambassador stories – a bit of a speed careering session where teachers moved from table to table sharing their personal journey
    • Race around campus – teamwork, reading maps and figuring out word puzzles
    • Experience different study areas at UWA:
      • Sport Science – introduction and activities
      • MotorSport – introduction and build a car for under $15 with limited supplies offered
      • Physics – introduction and activities built around forces of gravity
      • Law – introduction and discussion about lowering the voting age in Australia
    • UWA Team Sports
      • Soccer
      • Volleyball
      • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Quiz Night – Kahoots
  • Day 3:
    • Yoga session
    • Race around campus – teamwork, reading maps, finding locations witnessed by photos
    • UWA Aspire group meeting – feedback from the camp session, written letters to themselves

 

Students then said thank you and goodbye to all the UWA Aspire Staff who assisted with the organisation and running of the camp which went off so smoothly.

We were very appreciative of the opportunity for our students, who all had a fabulous time. Students were awesome, so well mannered, polite and eager to find out more. They engaged well with other schools and staff.

 

Mrs Carol Potter
VET Coordinator