The FLEX-Files: Journey into the Unknown
by Jamie Tan (Sec 2E) and Edryss Sim (Sec 2E)
A boy stood in the parade square, hopping from one foot to the other in excitement, but he was not at all ashamed. In fact, he was deliriously happy, for today marked the start of FLEX Week. Upon hearing that the bus had arrived, he gathered his bags and embarked on a thrilling journey with his classmates.
This year’s FLEX Week gave the Secondary Two students the unique opportunity to experience a plethora of exciting yet challenging activities, some on land and others out in the sea, during a camp that lasted for four gruelling days. For this particular boy, his adventure began at the campsite.
When he first heard the name ‘Milo Pond’, the boy was rightfully confused. However, he soon realised that the pond truly lived up to its name once he saw how muddy it was. It was then the students started on the demanding task of building a raft to cross the pond. Although being separated from their usual cliques caused a bit of unrest amongst them, the desire to excel in this task quelled whatever complaints that they had. From patience and guidance, to teamwork and humour, the boy and his classmates successfully overcame various obstacles. Surely, one can do so little on his own, but a group can do so much more together!
Have you ever visited MacRitchie Reservoir, tried hiking, or tasted army rations? This year’s Secondary Two students got a taste of the outdoors, quite literally, through FLEX.
Never an active person, the young boy wheezed as he struggled immensely with various challenges during his journey to the Treetop Walk. A pat on his back, handshakes of encouragement, and offers to carry his load invigorated him. His classmates hiked on along with him, as they encountered a variety of interesting creatures along the way such as monkeys and even a turkey!
After three long hours, they stopped for lunch. Famished, all the students opened their green packets only to be met with a warm and sticky blob of food which looked simply unappealing but tasted great.
After the trek came the kayaking expedition, followed by the campfire experience. Just like that, four days flew by in a flash. On the morning they were set to return to school, the boy awoke only to be greeted by the dazzling smiles of his bunk-mates, who were all packed and ready to leave, albeit rather reluctantly. He could hear the bus pulling into the campsite, and not long later, he found himself taking his last look around, at the place where he forged indelible memories in, the place which he unequivocally would miss, and the place from which he and his classmates left stronger together as a team.