The College offers students at a number of year levels the opportunity to participate in a various camps, to supplement the academic program in a range of subjects. These camps are:
Year 7 Education Outdoors Program (Ed Out)
Each year, the Year 7 Pastoral Care team nominate a group of approximately 40 students to participate in the Ed Out program. This program runs twice a year and students are split into two gender-based groups, to encourage openness between them. The Ed Out Program is designed to develop self-confidence, resilience, independence and teamwork among participants. The students are involved in a range of workshops which cover ‘getting to know you’ activities, bush skills, cooking, day walks and goal setting; these are designed to prepare them for the four-day Adventure Challenge at Cooper’s Creek/Walhalla, near Mt Baw Baw. The Challenge is a combination of hiking and base-camping. Students carry their own backpacks, cooking gear, tents and other supplies. To encourage team building, it is deliberately physically demanding and, while many students find it tough, their sense of accomplishment and personal achievement at the end is tremendous. As one student commented at the end of the 2014 Ed Out Program, “I felt good and a lot more confident that I had taken on such a big challenge and achieved it.”
Year 7 Phillip Island Adventure Camp
At the end of Year 7, all students attend the three-day Phillip Island Adventure Camp. They stay in cabins at a local resort and participate in a wide range of activities including surfing at Smith’s Beach, a initiative course, Amaze’n Things , a high ropes course, giant swing and flying fox, various sports and a night walk. This camp is an opportunity for students to consolidate friendships formed previously as well build new ones, and is a fantastic way to celebrate the end of their first year of secondary schooling.
Year 9 City Experience
The Year 9 Learning for Living (L4L) curriculum includes the City Experience camp. This camp is split in two parts, the day-long ‘Amazing Race’ trip in Term Two and a separate overnight trip in Term Three. Students work individually and in groups to gain skills in investigating future careers and jobs, communication, organisation, team work and navigational skills, knowledge of public transport and the CBD and surrounds. Students complete major self-directed projects for each subject; these are assessed by their English, Humanities, Maths, Science and Physical Education teachers and are formally reported upon in Semester Two reports.
Central Australia Camp
Each year, student from Year 9 can elect to participate in the Central Australia Camp. This camp is aimed to be both fun and educational, with visits to Uluru, Alice Springs, King’s Canyon, Aboriginal cultural centres, Coober Pedy mines and the MacDonnell Ranges. As these are all iconic Australian landmarks and destinations, this is a great opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and cultural focus outside of the Mornington Peninsula. This camp departs towards the end of the Term Three school holidays with students travelling by coach. It has run for several years and is typically a great success.
Adventure Surf Camp
Experienced surfers from Years 9 to 12 are given the opportunity each year to travel to a coastal region (depending on the surf forecast) for three days during Term 4. They sleep in tents and self-cater using local amenities. They spend a lot of time in the water perfecting their skills.
Outdoor Education Camps Program
Students who elect to study Outdoor Education from Year 9 through to Year 12 participate in a range of experiential learning programs. These are:
- One-day expeditions to various Mornington Peninsula National Park sites (Year 9)
- Hiking at Wilson’s Promontory and Surf Camp, or Snow Camp at Mt Baw Baw (Year 10)
- Snow Camp at Mt Baw Baw, kayaking on the Murray River and a third camp currently being planned (Year 11)
- Snow Camp to Mt Hotham, hiking a section of the Australian Alpine Walking Track and a third camp currently being planned (Year 12)
For more information contact the Outdoor Education Co-ordinator.
Female students from all year levels who are interested in learning to surf, or who have some surf experience, are invited to attend the two-day Girls Surf Camp at Wilson’s Promontory in Term 4 each year. Students stay in tents, cook a group meal, complete a bush walk, star-gaze at the top of Mt Oberon and spend both days surfing.