Prefects take up the challenge

Written by Prefect, Nathan Walton

Prefect camp pushed a lot of boundaries. It challenged a lot of people out of their comfort zones and at times seemed to almost physically break our limits. We were on our feet from as early as 7am to as late as 10pm. However, by the end of camp I could happily and confidently say we are a family, we are the 2020 Prefect team.

The extreme activities, such as the survival challenge and the seal navy course, almost broke us and our teams but it also really connected us at the same time. It was unbelievable how instantly we bonded, communicated and how some of us, not knowing each other well previously, became friends. Seeing the love and care between team mates and the support offered to those struggling was an incredible feeling. At random moments I would crack a smile thinking, “Wow, I really love my team.” And that was a really special moment.

Finally, we learned the haka, which has been a Long Bay College Prefect tradition since 2016 when I was only in Year 9.  I always enjoyed watching the Prefects performing it. Now, as a group, it is our turn to learn the haka and we pushed sweat and late hours practising with the help of Patrick Smith, the College’s Head Boy of 2016.

Overall, while Prefect camp was difficult and challenging, it has provided many memorable moments. It really connected me with not just my Prefect portfolio but the amazing people I am working with in 2020.

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