A brief moment of silence descended on the students from Kerang Primary School as they perched  themselves on the sand to enjoy a meal of fish, chips, dim sims and potato cakes.  Looking out across the waves, a group of hungry seagulls were cause for exclamation.

“How close will they get?!” called out one young camper.

“I can’t believe they’re so brave.”

Squawking and making a ruckus, the birds flew around and threatened to steal chips.  The novelty of the moment was thoroughly enjoyed. Squeals of delight could be heard every time a seagull came within reach. For these rural kids, a beach retreat was so different and new from anything they might experience back home.

                           

New and exciting moments had graced the group on many occasions that day.  Weather permitting, the students prepared for a swim at Cottage Beach. For many, this was the first time they had ever worn a wetsuit! As they struggled with the foreign, tight material, there were several nervous glances but many excited giggles. Down at the Cottage Beach, everyone lined up on the sand at the waters edge. On “GO,” students raced towards the ocean and jumped at the waves.

“It’s so cold.”

“Don’t eat the waves, they taste disgusting.”

Nervousness and trepidation soon gave way as the kids eased into the activity.

“This is so much fun.”

“It’s a bit like a big washing machine.”

At the local Marine Discovery Centre, the array of fresh and saltwater fish on display awed many young eyes!  The local flora and fauna; particularly those of the aquatic variety, were all super impressive. Every student was challenged to share a new fact or talk about a particular creature.

Wrasse fish! Piston fish! Shrimp! Crayfish! Sea anemones! Chitons! Shark!

Who knew there were so many different types of aquatic creatures along The Bellarine.

The day had been wrought with new activities, ideas, facts and scenery. So many novel experience and opportunities all in a single day!