School strives to send kids to camp

A SCHOOL camp was probably something most us took for granted but some students have not always had the opportunity to spend those few fun days away.

Head of Warwick State High School's Special Education Program, Anne Walker, said organising a camp to cater for students with a range of disabilities or requiring a higher level of support was a huge undertaking but it was an important experience for all students to have.

"There are two teachers trying to pull this together, Michelle Stokes and Debbie Follett, and they are working together to try and organise it all," Mrs Walker said.

One of the main issues the school and the students were facing was the cost involved, which was estimated to be about $200 per person for 40 students.

"That cost is prohibitive for many of our families," Mrs Walker said.

She said the school would be holding some Bunning's' sausage sizzles over the coming months but hoped there would be strong community support to get students to the camp - which was booked for early in term one of next year.

She said it had been about five years since the support students and pupils of the special education unit had been taken on a camp which meant many of the students currently in the program had never been on a school camp at all.

"But that's when our program was much smaller, we are now catering for about 70 students," Mrs Walker said.

She said the students would head to Camp Warrawee in Petrie in Brisbane and there would be a range of activities on offer for them.

"There's group work, team work, building communication skills and we are trying to foster a level of independence where they are away from their parents," she said.

Mrs Walker said some of the students would have had very little time away from their parents - if any at all - and the camp would assist them in gaining a degree of independence.

"And it will just be fun, it will be quite a memorable event," she said.

Can you help? Call Warwick State High School on 46669222 to find out how you can contribute to the experience of a lifetime for some local school students.



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