Each year, the Toowoomba Grammar School hosts the annual Sony Camp. This camp is a wonderful initiative which is funded by the Sony Foundation. It is held on the first weekend of the September school holidays from Saturday, 21 September to Monday, 23 September at TGS. Guests and their companions stay at Corfe House (the Year 7 Boarding House at Grammar). Approximately 35 children with disabilities are the guests of the camp and are cared for by Year 11 students from Toowoomba Grammar School, Fairholme College and our very own Glennie.
The process has begun to select 12 Year 11 students who will be Sony Camp Companions in 2019. The Year 11 cohort was introduced to the Sony Camp concept on Tuesday and heard from the Year 12 students who were companions in 2018 about their experiences and challenges.
The process of selection begins with a written application. Any Year 11 student is able to apply to go to Sony Camp. From the written applications, 15 – 18 girls are selected to be interviewed by Mrs Cathy Waters and Mrs Sue Sullivan, who will both be attending Sony Camp in 2019. All Heads of House are involved in the selection process and may also be in attendance at interviews. At the completion of the interview process, girls are notified if they have been selected to be a companion. Feedback to the girls is available for those who are not successful in the selection process.
This is possibly one of the hardest tasks of the year, as it is very difficult to narrow the field down to just twelve students. There are always at least thirty applicants and it is very encouraging to see so many girls keen to serve their community in this way. It simply comes down to making a decision as we consider which girls will be best suited to the position of Sony Camp Companion. This is a task that requires maturity, resilience, zest and motivation to make the Sony Camp experience a memorable one for each guest.
Applications have been handed to students, due back to Mrs Waters by Monday, 27 May 2019.