Cottage by the Sea sprang into spring with the help of 18 students from Werribee and Tottenham WELS (Western English Language Schools) and their two staff members Kani and Emma this week. Although the weather was still in winter mode, we were more than prepared for four days of non-stop activities, opportunities, inspiration and fun!

When it wasn't raining, we made the most of our time in the great outdoors adventuring around the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, strolling through the Queenscliff Marina with wonder-dog Webbie and rock-pool rambling at our favourite crab-spot below the Barwon Heads Bluff. 

Some indoor time was necessary when the sun was hiding, so a play in the pool at Splashdown and a few games of ten-pin bowling at Belmont worked a treat! At night-time, we all enjoyed a walk along the back beach trails to the bunker and played some games inside. Staff member Natalie even ran a baking lesson with the kids one night and had them all cooking up some famous choc-chip cookies!

No matter what we were doing, we were always having so much fun! Some words from the children saying that "I liked swimming and jumping over the waves," to, "playing on the playground was the best," and "I don't want to go home" can surely prove it!

Most of the children who took part in this Take-A-Break camp have been living in Australia for the last 12 months or less and come from different places all over the world. Places such as Thailand, South Sudan, China, Iraq and Sri-Lanka just to name a few. It was great to see them enjoying their time on camp and exploring a little bit more of what Australia has to offer! We wish them all the best for their future!