FAQ

I didn’t get a confirmation, am I booked in?

Our correspondence is exclusively via phone and email due to the nature of the power supply at the centre. If you have requested dates via a Telstra 101 phone message and have not heard from us, we may not have received your request. Please call our office on 46809483 or email us wooglemai-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Emergency

The school has a prepared emergency plan (ICE). All relevant information on lockdown and emergency procedures (including phone numbers) are found in the Teacher's Information Booklet located in the camp kitchen.

Emergency phone

We have an emergency mobile phone available. Please check your own phone reception upon arrival and request the centre's mobile phone if you do not have service.

After hours

Our staff are on site until 5.00pm each day. Visiting school staff are responsible for student conduct and safety overnight (in accordance with the DoE Excursion policy). If you require emergency assistance after hours, a number of our staff live close to the centre and will promptly assist. See Teacher's Information Booklet.

Risk assessments

Risk assessments are prepared for each activity. They are available from the menu on the right hand side of both the "home" and "book" pages .

Catering

A camp marches on its stomach. Enthusiasm, cooperation and enjoyment of a camping experience in young campers are often directly related to their energy levels. It is recommended that students bring their own morning tea and lunch for the first day of a camp and for day-only visits. This lowers costs greatly. Schools must organise their own menu and meals (using parent helpers) or you may wish to appoint a caterer. Wooglemai takes no part in the organisation of food for camps. A few local organisations we think are worth contacting are:

  •  NEW!! Lana Sokolsky 0409 909 381 or at sokolsky1@bigpond.com Lana is new to our organisation but is quickly becoming a favourite because the quality of food provided and value are both excellent. She will take all the hasssle out of feeding your students by preparing delicious food and serving it for you. Lana provides a full range of catering options.
  • Royal Char-grilled Chickens at The Oaks has long been a favourite of our camping schools. They provide quality chicken, seafood, a wide variety of quality salads, chips, etc at very reasonable prices (but they do not deliver). They can be contacted on phone 4657 2300
  • Reggies Pizza (at The Oaks) will deliver quality pizzas at a reasonable cost. Phone: 4657 2208

Alternately you might have reliable parent helpers shop and cook for students.

Parent Helpers on Camp

Parents are great helpers to have on camp. They assist with organisation, supervision, cooking and organised activities at the centre. We recommend 2 – 4 well chosen parents accompany a group of 40 students. More than this number can be counter-productive.

Environmental Responsibility

Wooglemai EEC is dedicated to protecting the integrity of our environment. We would ask that when purchasing food items and organising the students morning tea and lunch items (day 1) that packaging be minimised. PLEASE DO NOT bring disposable cups, plates, cutlery, etc. Choose alternatives to lollipops, poppas and other heavily packaged goods and treats. These are unsustainably packaged and also a great threat to our local native wildlife.

Medication/Allergies

A medication/allergy form (provided by your school) should be filled in for each child. Any medication a child requires must be labelled and preferably self-administered. (e.g. Ventolin). Anaphylactic students must bring their Anaphylaxis action plan and epipen in a personal carry bag. Medical emergencies can spoil the best camp.

Bus Bookings

Great variation in bus pricing exists from company to company – so shop around! It is a good idea to ask the company that you decide on to forward you a written quote including times of arrival and departure. This is important as it allows camp organisation / timing to run more smoothly. It is also a good idea to make sure the company you choose knows how to get to the Wooglemai site. Use our Google map on the home page.

For large groups we recommend e-Bus Macarthur (contact Alex on 46596849) or Hunts Capital Coaches Camden (contact Ian on 4655 6568) for best value and service as these companies are most flexible with pick up and drop off times.

For smaller groups up to 21 passengers we would recommend All Occasions Bus Hire. Contact Dave on 0416054870 or check the website at http://alloccasionsbushire.com.au/

Is the water OK to drink?

Yes, all drinking water at Wooglemai is chlorinated and meets NSW Department of Health guidelines for consumption. Please do not bring single-use bottled water!!!

Is there power?

During the day, mains power is available. At night a 12 volt power supply and lighting is available. You can charge mobile phones or run an audio player comfortably from this system.

Souvenirs for students

A list of quality souvenirs is available to student campers. See link to the right of this page.

Smoking on site/ Alcohol

As we are a DE school, the consumption of alcohol or smoking of cigarettes are not permitted on site.

How much does it cost per student?

This will depend on the duration of your stay and the activities you request. See "Book" tab for details of pricing.

How many students can be accomodated?

We have two dormitories that each hold 23 students. The two teachers rooms each have two beds. In warmer weather tents can be supplied to increase the number of students that may attend. Please contact us for advice regarding the suitability of tent camping.

Special needs students

We look forward to working with students with special needs. Due to the nature of the natural environment we encourage consultation around how to best cater for your students in the natural environment.