Year 4 Playing in a River of Ice Cream

“Bye Mum! Bye Dad!” I called, hugging my parents then leaping onto the bus with my friend, Lucy. Off to Borambola we went!

Year 4 Playing in a River of Ice Cream

22 November, 2021 “Bye Mum! Bye Dad!” I called, hugging my parents then leaping onto the bus with my friend, Lucy. Lucy and I found a seat near the back of the bus and sat down. After a few minutes of chit-chat, we got going. Off to Borambola we went! When we got there, all of Year 4 was divided into 2 groups, which were our classes (4F and 4H). We the met the 4 instructors: Ellie, Jaclyn, Liam and Ollie. Our leaders were Jaclyn and Liam. Next, we got super cool team names! We were the Cool Koalas and 4H were called the Kangaroos. After that, our team went over to archery while the Kangaroos did BMX riding. We first learnt how to use a bow and arrow safely and how you should ALWAYS direct your arrow at the target. I got a bullseye! After we got the hang of it we played 2 games. The first game was called The Holiday Game. The rules were quite simple; you had to fire your arrow at the target and depending on what colour it landed on, that was your holiday. My holiday was at Darwin, and I went there in a helicopter with the queen (blue, black, yellow). The second game we played was The Birthday Game, which was exactly the same as the Holiday Game, except your birthday party. My party was a superhero themed party at Tenpin Bowling with party pies and sausage rolls (blue, blue, blue). We then packed up the archery equipment and went over to the BMX course while the Kangaroos did the kayaking. When we got over to the BMX course, we put on knee pads, wrist pads and a helmet. Then, we got our bikes from Jaclyn and rode over to the beginner track. The beginner track was an oval-shaped track and every cool Koala had to do 3 laps around it before moving onto the more advanced track. The beginner track was very easy for me, but the advanced track was a little bit harder. The advanced track was really fun because it had so many twists and turns! Everyone kept going around and around until we got to do some challenges. There were three challenges that we could do. The first one was to do the entire course with only one hand on the handlebars. The second challenge was to do the entire course with both your hands on the part in between the handlebars. The last challenge was to do the whole course in the least number of pedals you can. I did 11 pedals. After all the challenges were completed, we took off our gear, returned out bikes and headed over to the lunch area and had about a 20-minute break. Then, the Cool Koalas went kayaking and the Kangaroos went over to do archery. When we got to kayaking, we headed over to a medium-sized shed and put on lifejackets. We then learnt how to control a kayak. We had to imagine that the billabong, the place we were kayaking, was like a big river of ice-cream. When we went forwards, we pushed the oar towards us like we wanted more and to go backwards, we would push the oar away from us like we have had enough. To turn left, we would move our oar right and to turn right, we would move our oar left. We then got in our kayaks and played a game where we had to make a raft. For example, if our instructor held up 2 fingers, we then would guide our kayak to another person on the billabong and then we would hold onto each other’s kayak, like a raft. Then we packed away the kayaks, oars and lifejackets and went over for our final activity of the day…. The Mud Run! For the mud run, the Koalas and Kangaroos did it together and it was so much fun! Firstly, we had to leopard crawl through 3 mud pits and then we went through three large tunnels. Once we got out of the tunnels there were a few more obstacles like barrels to jump on. We then had to complete a maze and add up all the numbers on the walls (our team got a total of 84). We then went over and under 5 bars and jumped through tyres. There were 8 wobbly bridges - four on each side - and then a rock wall. Then we had to jump over tall bars and then there was the end of the mud run. Phew! I was completely exhausted! After the mud run had finished, we went over to the bathrooms and rinsed off all the mud on our clothes. Once we were all dry, we went out the entrance/exit and waved goodbye to all our instructors. We hopped onto the bus and this time I sat near Juliana. We also got water bottles from Borambola to take home with us. Then we headed back to school. This was the best excursion ever! By Katherine Hyde, Year 4