Year 8 at Kilbreda was a whirlwind of a ride. There were so many different opportunities for us to become involved in school life and to grow, whether in the academic, physical or arts area.
Year 8 Camp
Year 8 camp was a three-day adventure full of fun challenges. We stayed at Valley Homestead which is set in the beautiful countryside of the Ovens Valley near Bright. This is where we learnt about persistence and overcame our fear of heights! The activities, which included the power pole climb, a flying fox and bush survival, encouraged us to work as a team. During bush survival, many potatoes were lost down hills and many home-made stretchers broke but we had the time of our lives.
As a part of the Year 8 Science curriculum, we visited Scienceworks. We investigated interesting scientific facts about the human body through fun and interactive activities. We also visited the Planetarium and watched a film about astronomy and black holes.
Year 8 Netball
Kilbreda’s netball team is part of the Victorian Netball Association team. We compete with other secondary schools across Victoria. The team also competes at the SCSA netball tournament and last year we finished the day as premiers! We really enjoyed representing our school in something we love and being involved in sport with our friends.
In Year 8 we chose elective subjects such as Dance, Drama, Art and Food Technology. In these classes we were given the chance to have a break from our busy schedules and learn to perform, paint or cook.
Day 8 Activities
Once a fortnight on Day 8, we took part in a range of activities including netball, basketball and watching movies. They were held at lunch time, giving us the opportunity to meet some other girls within our year level. We were usually split into class groups and competed against our peers in a spirit of friendly rivalry.
About 30 girls from Year 8 joined the High Resolves Leadership Program. We focused on pressure, that is, pressure to perform and pressure to fit in. We went to Melbourne University where we worked with other schools, learning about leadership and problem-solving. At the end of the year we put together a presentation for the Year 7s.
At the Mentone foreshore we learnt about the local wildlife and plants. There are some plants that you are able to eat if you know the right ones. We planted seedlings and shrubs and learnt about the history of the beach and how it has changed over time.
Year 8 went by in a roller coaster of tests, friendship crises and laughter. We made new friends, found strengths we didn’t know we had and most importantly, tried to live life to the fullest.
Eliza, Catherine and Holly