Camps - Secondary
Camps and excursions widen the range of experiences offered to students beyond the traditional academic subjects. They can offer challenges, the chance to socialise with their peers outside the classroom setting and an opportunity to put learning into action.
The Year 7 Camp is a three-night outdoor education camp at the Harrietville Mountain View Retreat. It aims to build valuable relationships and develop individual and team skills for Year 7 students to help them feel connected in our school community. Year 11/12 Sport & Recreation students lead enjoyable and challenging outdoor activities such as kayaking, low ropes and initiative course, archery, orienteering, biking and raft building.
Our Year 8 Camp is a coastal exploration and adventure trip. Students integrate learning in the science and environmental areas with their activities in and around the beaches of Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. Teamwork and participation are emphasised through safe and controlled activities – the perfect preparation for the challenge of The Rite Journey in Year 9.
The Year 9 Camp is a major component of The Rite Journey program. Students experience the challenges of real camping along with a number of individual and team challenges. The camp culminates in an overnight solo challenge, where students attempt to spend 24 hours by themselves, with only their thoughts and basic supplies to entertain them. It is a challenging yet thoroughly rewarding experience.
In Year 10, students participate in a four-day camp to Phillip Island, which is located just south of Melbourne. This camp aims to enrich student learning particularly in the areas of history and geography. Activities include visits to Mt Dandenong to walk 1000 steps, Vietnam Veterans Museum, Laser Strike Gallipoli Scenario and the Antarctic Journey & Penguin Parade. Students will also have the opportunity to further develop their teamwork and fitness skills by participating in physical activities such as crate climbing, flying fox and go karting.
Our Year 11’s undertake a city and university exploration camp each year. Students learn to navigate a major city like Melbourne and negotiate the complexities of public transport timetables. Over the course of 4 days, they visit a range of universities and TAFE facilities as they investigate potential post-school pathways. The trip also exposes students to the cultural and sporting features of Melbourne through a theatre show and sporting event.
The Year 12 Retreat is conducted while students are still in Year 11. In November of their penultimate year of study, students spend three days together at Howman’s Gap, preparing for their final year of study and its challenges. Teamwork, leadership, goal setting and study habits are emphasised through a range of small workshops, whilst at the same time enjoying the alpine air through a range of outdoor challenges and activities. The Retreat is vital as it prepares students with the skills and mindset for a successful Christmas break and final year.