Term 1 can be a term of mixed emotions for boarders, especially if you are one of the 40 new boarders—anticipation of new beginnings, trepidation about the unknown and excitement at the prospect of making new friends. To conquer homesickness and to facilitate friendships and have fun, the Boarding House offers numerous activities catering for a wide range of interests. This term so far we have had overnight camps, a pool party where Pembroke was the host, the annual boarding picnic, excursions to the Fringe, surfing days, a diving course, trips to ALF football matches and movie nights, to name a few. A highlight for some students was the Gold Coast Trip. Year 11 boarder Rebecca Wurst wrote the following:
On Friday 10 March 14 boarders (7 girls and 7 boys), 4 staff and 2 of their children embarked on a Gold Coast adventure! We flew to Brisbane before driving to Surfers Paradise, keeping up the hype with loud music and excited snapchats. We got to enjoy dinner down by the beach before heading to our accommodation to prepare for a jam-packed Gold Coast long weekend.
On Saturday morning the excitement was obvious as everyone piled onto the bus and made the trek to Wet’n’Wild. Despite some nerves everyone made the most of the rides and reconvened for our BBQ lunch. After lunch our energy and enthusiasm had again intensified and we spent the rest of the afternoon trying new rides and going back to our favourites.
Following Wet’n’Wild we had the opportunity to go to the Outback Spectacular. The performance was a definite highlight, with amazingly trained horses, dogs, donkeys and cattle, and complete with captivating storytellers and acrobats. We were served a three-course meal throughout the show, including a perfectly cooked steak enjoyed by all. The cowboy hats that we all received were a treasured souvenir.
Sunday was an incredible day at Movie World, with some of us experiencing rollercoasters for the very first time! The group decided to try the terrifying Superman ride after being told by Mrs Tarca that ‘we'd enjoy it’. Many of us watched the parade and lapped up the chance to take photos with our favourite Disney characters. After yet another argument over whether we were going to listen to the girls’ or the boys’ music on the bus, we headed to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner, followed by a walk through the gorgeous night markets set up along the famous beach.
Not letting a little bit of rain dampen our spirits for the last day, we arrived at Sea World where we marvelled at the great dolphin, seal and jet-ski shows and had a blast on the adrenaline-pumping rides, which many of us went on multiple times in a row
We flew out of Brisbane, wearing our prized cowboy hats, with so many amazing memories from a truly incredible trip!
A big thank you to Mrs Crowhurst for organising and accompanying us on the trip, and to Ms Tarca, Ms Dunstall and Mr Bruce for their supervision and the fun they added over the long weekend!
Year 11 Boarder
Head of Turner House