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Senior camp - day 2

22/07/2015
​We have struck gold
With an early rise to the sounds of the peacocks, we started with a river walk and a hearty breakfast to set us up for the big day ahead.
Our journey on the bus was highlighted by the call every time we passed every school. “No grammar today, no algebra tomorrow” as we hit Mossman street in Charters Towers.
The first stop was the stock exchange. The heart of Charters Towers in 1888, now a stylish court yard and centre of North Queensland history. It’s where we met Jupiter Mossman for the first time and to which Kyanne would confirm later whilst talking to his statue confirming that he had found gold.
Next was the Zara Clark Museum. An amazing museum of things to touch, buttons to push, costumes to try on and kangaroos to ride. The call came for the smallest fella in the class. Will proudly came forward and rode the arcade kangaroo like a pro bull rider.
We were entertained by old pianos, record players and musical devices, we typed upon type-writers, played on fortune telling machines and weird games where Delta reminded Mr Coffey  that if he got a lemon he was going on a long trip… The bus did start first time as we headed to the Miners cottage.
The chance to find gold left our students speechless, really, you could have heard a pebble plop as they panned to their hearts desire. Then “I found Gold!”was the cheer, with Leilani leading the way with collecting her gold and then a muffin. Some just kept on panning as we stuffed our faces in the Charters Towers sun.
Then Tony the bearded  guide entertained the kids with ole blue eyes , Frank Sinatra with Amore… I had  a piece of pizza pie from Mrs Laidlow and got bemused looks from Zane as he panned to 50’s classics on an accordion.
Lunch was once again breathed in at Centennial Park and as we then drove out to the Venus Gold Battery           Iron ore smashing yard. It was decided very early on that 'Claude' the presenter,  was a ghost and despite his fascination with poisoning people at the mill in the 19 century most students were on ghost watch, which Alana later found proof on the IPad. We will sleep well tonight …'not'.
After the battery visit is was back to the Junction for a cool swim in the river.  Robert and Dylan kept them honest by checking the Yabbie pots and building the fire, whilst we floated around in the cool water of the afternoon.
Dinner - Italian style went down a treat as did apple crumble as after a shared marshmallow which Hayden became a cooking expert, we played a game which  suspiciously looked like lets run the kids to sleep.   It worked but Mr LENTI fought sleep till it was time to hit the hay.
Quote of the day goes to all the students who asked more than was necessary  “Is it real? “
Oh yes it’s real and it’s called Scottville School Camp 2015.