On 16 March, QACI Grade 11 students were invited to participate in the CBD Photo Treasure Hunt as a part of our positive education program, led by Character Builders. It was an enjoyable day of creative activities without the rigors of schoolwork on our minds, and the cohort buzzed with excitement and enthusiasm throughout the day.
Upon arrival at the botanical gardens, we were divided into small teams before being given a budget, a camera and a big list of team challenges and tasks that required collaboration, creativity, and passion. Although none of us knew what the big prize would be, we strived towards our goals to complete the activities in time…no matter how cheesy or challenging they seemed to be.
Throughout the day, there was a lot of thinking outside the box while running around the city. Some of the tasks involved solving mind-bending riddles, eating ice cream with pickles (the best!), playing games in the arcade, and asking a stranger on the street for an autograph (lucky red carpet moment!).
This was an opportunity for all of us to collaborate with one another to achieve an ambitious goal, taking part in activities that one usually would not find themselves in on a day to day basis. Exploring and developing our QACI Pillars: Pride, Passion, Positivity, Preparedness, Principled, Persistence and Peace. Making new connections within the teams, we brainstormed possibilities and approached each coming challenge with lateral thinking. These moments were captured on the digital cameras, which were then reviewed by the Character Builders team before the winning team was announced. The day ended on a positive note, with sport activities as a cohort, and Big Ups: acknowledging and celebrating everyone's talents and strengths.
To say that this day was one of the most memorable experiences of our journey at QACI is an understatement. Thank you to Ms Jennings for organising this wonderful day, and to the Character Builders team for encouraging and inspiring us with such love and compassion!
…article written by Kelsey Kim, Year 11