Outdoor Education Program
Insights and self-knowledge gained in the outdoors can contribute to the way a boy manages the situations he meets in other parts of his life. The outdoor program provides learning experiences on many levels. These are enjoyed by boys as they extend their knowledge of themselves, their fellows and the natural environment.
During the year, Junior School boys experience a variety of camps. Students in Years 4-6 attend two camps each year, both of which are designed to build friendships and provide physical challenges.
Boys in Year 4 and Year 6 attend Camp Rumbug together for three days, while Year 5 boys travel to Portsea for three days in Term 1. Year 6 boys spend an additional two nights at Waratah Bay after attending Camp Rumbug earlier in the year.
In Term 4, Year 3 boys participate in a one-night camp at Mt Morton. Year 4 boys spend two nights at Beechworth, our Year 5 students visit Sovereign Hill in Ballarat for three nights, and Year 6 students travel to Canberra for a four-night stay. All camps undertaken during Years 4-6 enhance and expand upon the unit of inquiry being studied in the classroom.
The Senior School Outdoor Education program provides valuable educational opportunities to students from Year 7 to Year 10. This is then extended beyond Year 10 with the Outdoor Leaders program. All students from Years 7 to 10 attend the program and focus on the themes of personal development, social, group and relationship development and fostering environmental stewardship. The outdoors and a range of adventure based activities are used as facilitate student learning that will assist them beyond the classroom.
The Nillahcootie Campus in North East Victoria lies on the eastern shore of Lake Nillahcootie. It is overlooked by Mount Samaria and accessed from the Midlands Highway that links Benalla with Mansfield. Activities undertaken include: camping, sailing, canoeing, bushwalking, rock-climbing and abseiling.
The Year 8 program explores the coastal environments of the Gippsland lakes and Ninety Mile Beach. Students undertake a 5 day program participating in camping, sailing, sea kayaking and bushwalking.
The Licola Campus in the Victorian High Country, adjoining the Alpine National Park is on the Wellington and Macalister Rivers, offering more than 600 acres of bushwalking and climbing opportunities. Activities undertaken include: camping, bushwalking, white water rafting, environmental projects and solo camping experiences.
The Year 10 program provides students with an 8 day journey where they can select from four venues and a range of activities in which they can then specialise in. These include: a canoe journey along the Murray River to the Barmah Lakes, sailing and sea kayaking at either the Gippsland Lakes or the Whitsunday Islands, bushwalking, sea kayaking and rock-climbing at Freycinet Peninsula Tasmania and hiking the Larapinta Trial Northern Territory.
Year 11 students have the opportunity to lead Outdoor programs while being imbedded on either Year 7 or 8 programs.
Other Outdoor Education opportunities include:
Bushwalking Club, Inter-School Park Street Orienteering Challenge, Junior School Camps, Kokoda Tour, Outdoor Leaderships Program, Somers Leadership Camp, Victorian Interschools Rogaining Championships and the Victorian Secondary School Orienteering Championships.