During the first three days of the September holidays, a group of Year 10 and 11s led ‘Camp Heide’ – a holiday program run by OLMC for children in the Olympic Village Exodus Community. The students were joined by many teachers, with the camp being overseen by Bernadette Mercieca.

This life-sharing experience offered so much joy and fun including making chocolate crackles, playing games, learning some magic tricks and eating yummy foods. The children enjoyed warm up games and drama activities, craft and sporting activities, circus skills workshops, a visit from the Reptile Zoo and many other activities such as play dough for the younger students. These activities were all skilfully led by our amazing student leaders. Everyone was very well fed with the great culinary skills of Shane Taylor!

The sharing of Mercy is always two-way, and we cannot thank our students enough for their commitment, compassion and joy.

Liz Wake from Olympic Village attended to support the program and provided us with the following feedback:

To all the amazing students and staff of Camp Heide,

Just wanting to extend a huge thank you from the kids and parents to you all for organising such a fantastic experience over the three days of Camp Heide!

The kids were buzzing each morning and afternoon, eager to get there and full of news at the end of the day. The activities planned, food prepared, care and patience of students and staff were so great to witness (this being my first Camp Heide).

Mums were so grateful for the activity and the respite for themselves. There is a lot going on for many of the campers at home and school and this provided a fun escape!’

Lauren Marquet
Social Justice Coordinator

Bernadette Mercieca
Religious Education Teacher