School Camp




Boyo has embarked on a huge adventure – his second school camp!  We prepared, purchased, labelled, located and packed his gear over the weekend.  I’m sure the three books he packed will come in very handy!

He started the day off with a special treat for breakfast – bacon and eggs.  As you do.




Medicines handed to one teacher, cash handed to another, name ticked off the list, bag labelled with his cabin and one very excited Boyo is ready to go.  We’ve packed as many things as possible in plastic bags in the hopes that he will utilise the plastic bags to put the dirty and / or wet (both probably) items back in his bag.  But I’m not holding my breath in hope.  I’m anticipating the wet towel and canoeing shoes chucked back on top of the clean clothes.  He’ll be far too busy, of course!

I’ve packed him outfits comprising a t shirt, shorts, undies and socks for every day, all rolled up in a set so he can easily find them.  I think the same t shirt was worn three days straight last year.  One pair of Yoda PJs, one sheet and pillowcase, which I doubt will be used.  He’s got a sleeping bag, after all.  I’ve packed a toothbrush and toothpaste too, but he took great delight in telling me that he didn’t use them at all last year!  No point bothering with a hairbrush.  Obvs.

Raincoat, warm clothes, spare clothes, swimming gear, old shoes for water activities, even a puppy for bedtime cuddles – it’s all in there.




Many highly hyped children, all lined up as neatly as they can be, considering the levels of excitement.  The sense of anticipation in the room!




A mama needs a little something to feed the soul when she’s a little sad, farewelling her little man.  No one does sweet treats like Adriano Zumbo.  Meet my berry brioche.  It wasn’t a long relationship but it was sweet.  Just quietly, best sourdough in town too, and the olive and rosemary sourdough? To die for.



Having only one child means that there’s an unexpected benefit to school camp.  Date Nights!  Last night, we were amazed at just how much time we had.  We started the evening off with oysters, clams and crab & salmon roe lettuce “tacos” at The Morrison in the city, washed down by a lovely glass of Champagne.  I do prefer it with a capital C.  I also enjoyed a delicious deconstructed lemon raspberry cheesecake.  Basically, delicious lemon ricotta mousse with candied lemon and freeze dried raspberries, sprinkled with a biscuit crumb.  Oh, heavenly.




Next stop, Opera Bar.  The Welshman rolled an El Toro burger, and I filled my tummy very happily with a couple of prawn and scallop dumplings, and a char siu steamed pork bun.



We sat on the banquette seating, watching the sun set over the bridge and the Opera House, as the moon came out to play early.  The lights started twinkling on the buildings and in the sky and in our eyes.  Ah, young love.

Our plans for the following night was to go and see a movie, but as is always the case, whenever we get the opportunity to see a movie without having to pay a babysitter, there is nothing on that we want to see.  Think we might grab an early dinner then snuggle up on the sofa.

Can’t wait to give Boyo a huge cuddle when I see him again.  He’s already requested a treat dinner to celebrate his return.  Thank you very much, Easter Show showbag with your Oporto BOGOF voucher.  Dinner’s on you!

Do you remember school camp?  Have you sent your babies off to school camp?  How much do you love date nights?



  • EssentiallyJess - 26 March 2013 - 11.20 pm

    Well with four, one going on school camp doesn’t mean a huge amount unfortunately!!! We have a regular date night, but nothing like this. The opera bar certainly makes anything romanticReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 27 March 2013 - 7.40 am

      There are definite benefits to having one child! Also, to having children close enough that they are in the next year. Quite a few parents with one in Year 3 and one in Year 4 benefited too!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me - 26 March 2013 - 9.17 pm

    Awww that is lovely that you got to have some date nights! School camps, I’ll be freaking out for sure. He looks totally amped for it though!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 27 March 2013 - 7.42 am

      We do get date nights, but they’re usually on Saturday nights when it is mad busy, and we have to pay $100 to a babysitter. It was so nice to go out at 6pm and watch the sun go down over the Harbour. Something specially romantic about a weeknight date night!ReplyCancel

  • Seana Smith - 26 March 2013 - 6.46 pm

    How lovely to have a date night and head to the city, it is special to sit by the Harbour. I love school camp and luckily the kids do too! The wee ones are yet to go but it won’t be long!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 27 March 2013 - 7.42 am

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he had a great time, because last year wasn’t so crash hot. Eagerly anticipating 3.30 pm today!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Purtell - 26 March 2013 - 4.32 pm

    I used to love going on camps, I went to heaps in primary and high school, youth camps as well as the school camps. Best fun ever!

    #teamIBOT was here!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 27 March 2013 - 7.46 am

      I’m not really a camping fan. Nearly 30 years ago when I started going on school camp, we slept in draughty wooden cabins with concrete block shower blocks where I got attacked by giant wetas! (NZ native gigantic bug!) Boyo’s camp is in a purpose built facility with ensuite rooms!ReplyCancel

  • Yvette - 26 March 2013 - 2.40 pm

    ohhh I remember school camps.. and dreading them and hating them… Though my sisters loved theirs!! I hope your boy has a wonderful time!!! I was in Sydney last week.. *sigh* will be back soon I hope!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 27 March 2013 - 7.46 am

      I wasn’t a big fan. Not really keen on communal bathroom facilities, tents and NO HAIRDRYERS! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Eleise Hale - 26 March 2013 - 2.24 pm

    How lovely, keep yourself busy so you don’t miss your son. I am sure that he had a lovely time and I love the way you celebrated.ReplyCancel

  • Alex aka Whoa Mumma! - 26 March 2013 - 1.54 pm

    Enjoy the kid free time!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 26 March 2013 - 12.41 pm

    My girls haven’t had a school camp yet. I’m not sure how I’ll handle it, but I am sure it’ll include a drink of some sort. Rachel xReplyCancel

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