"The Bibbulmun Track is a great opportunity to really get to know the other leavers. You are together for five whole days, enjoying amazing scenery, wildlife and beaches, but also coping with heat, rain, mosquitoes as well as a lack of comforts such as beds and toilets. I think it's called the leavers' rite of passage as it helps you learn the importance of being organised and managing things by yourself, both of which prepare you for high school."
- Hannah, graduate from the class of 2013.
School Camps: Fostering Independance
At Chrysalis, we believe camps provide our students with incredible opportunities to foster independence, strengthen social ties, and provide novel opportunities forlearning in a natural setting.
Lower primary camp
Attending the lower primary camp is a significant turning point in our students’ developmental journey. The purpose of this camp is to provide a positive and fun experience for all children that cultivates their sense of independence, responsibility and belonging.
The two-night camps vary in location with previous camps being held at Boshack Outdoor Camp and Point Peron Camp School. Typical activities include bushwalking, canoeing, activities relating to indigenous culture and sustainable living.
Middle and upper primary camp
Upper school camps are designed to be enriching,challenging and a huge sense of fun! Students from Years 3 to 6 attend a two-night camp that varies in nearby locations. Past camp venues have included Fairbridge Camp and New Norcia School Camp.
Camp activities provide opportunities for students to expand on their leadership and sense of responsibility, but with an additional focus of cultivating teams and working together. They are often include adventure-based experiential learning activities such as abseiling, climbing and canoeing.
A wonderful tradition at Chrysalis is our annual “Bibbulmun Challenge” for students in their graduating year at Chrysalis. This is a “Rites of Passage” experience where we walk a different section of the Bibbulmun Track each year.
This track is nearly 1000km long, from Perth to Albany, and Chrysalis is close to being the first primary school to complete this challenge.
Like all rites of passages, this is not necessarily an easy experience. It is however an amazing process, where participants contemplate their next step in life, as well as discover things about themselves and each other. We also enjoy the beauty of WA nature and being plugged off from our electronic world.