Information for Teachers
“The proportion of principal class teachers aged 50 years and over has increased from 40.8 per cent in 1997 to 67.5 per cent in 2007. The average age of the teaching workforce is expected to continue to rise over the next five years”. It is well known that the burden of planning camps is significant for teachers regardless of the size of the camp or year group attending.
Murphys Creek Adventures has taken the pain of planning and attending school camps away from the teachers and school support staff. All activities are run by Murphys Creek Adventures staff unless specifically requested by the coordinating teacher. We encourage teacher and support staff involvement in activities as our observations highlight an increased level of teacher / student interaction and a greater understanding of student capacities resultant from student involvement in the adventure activities on our camps. Forms and documentation:Upon the submission of the booking form, teachers will receive a link to every form required for the camp.
These forms include:
1. QLD Education risk assessments (completed for each of our activities with your camp details on them).
2. QLD Education ‘Change to Routine’ form
3. Health and medical forms
4. Camp registration forms
5. Clothing lists
6. Dorm allocation lists
7. A client diagnostic – to ensure we facilitate the camp at the appropriate level
As stated earlier, Murphys Creek Adventures has a mission of trying to take the pain out of coordinating and attending school camps, but we do not and will not exclude teacher input into the planning and running of camps. Careful consultation with the schools coordinating representatives facilitates a smooth camp that achieves all of the school’s intended goals.We also like to include staff with specialist qualifications such as roping, mountain biking, canoeing and other adventure activities. We often find physical education staff, Padres and sports coaches have these qualifications and we encourage their involvement following careful induction on our adventure activities. This is also coordinated through consultation with the coordinating representatives prior to camp.