Camps & Tours
The aims of our camp program are to:
- Provide all students with the opportunity to participate in a camping program that builds on overnight experiences (nights away)
- Provide shared year level experiences and a sense of group cohesiveness
- Reinforce and extend classroom learning
- Provide opportunities to develop an insight into and understanding of our school’s mission and values through authentic experiences
- Provide a program that delivers skills and knowledge that may lead to a lifelong involvement in worthwhile leisure pursuits
- Provide a program that promotes social and emotional learning, including aspects of self-esteem, resourcefulness, independence, leadership, problem solving, cooperation and tolerance
Year level camps:
- Year 2 – one night Don Bosco Camp (Safety Beach)
- Year 3 – two night Stringybark Lodge (Gembrook)
- Year 4 – two nights Angahook Holiday Camp (Aireys Inlet)
- Year 5 – two nights Log Cabin Camp (Creswick)
- Year 6 – three nights (Canberra)
Areyonga Cultural Exchange Program
The school also has a strong relationship with the remote Indigenous community of Areyonga in the Northern Territory. A small group of Year 6 students travel to Areyonga each year to participate in this cultural exchange.
"Two nights camping by the dry river bed was definitely an amazing experience. Our ring of swags around a roaring campfire was buzzing with stories, songs and games. Each morning a spectacular sunrise greeted us, as did the rather noisy and apparently nocturnal donkeys. When we left Areyonga, many of our students were quite emotional, having formed strong bonds with the Indigenous students over just a few short days. The kids said goodbye to each other, handshakes, hugs, pats on the back and awkward smiles, some of which were holding back a few tears. Our gifts of sports equipment, musical instruments and art supplies were most appreciated by the locals, who gave us some Pitjantjatjara storybooks and cooked kangaroo tail especially for us on our final evening."
Our students have the opportunity to participate in the Interschool Snowsports Competition in Term 3. Students travel to Mt Hotham with their families over two weekends for a training camp, which is followed by the competition.