Camps and Excursions
School excursions are an important and effective means of motivating and engaging students in active learning experiences. Excursions are carefully planned as part of the educational program at each year level. Students experience people visiting the school, eg, an author or performing group or an excursion that can take place locally or beyond the local area. Prior to the excursions, information will be sent home regarding the excursion and a form requesting permission to participate and medical treatment consent will need to be signed and filled in by parents. Teachers organising an excursion may request volunteer parents to help in the supervision of groups during the outing and involve the parent having a Working With Children document.
School camps or tours are a valuable aspect of a fully rounded program of development for students. The aims of our Camp program are:
- to provide educational experiences unable to be catered for at school, eg, visit to local industries, places of historical interest, etc.
- to help instil an appreciation of the natural environment of the area being visited.
- to provide opportunities for physical development, eg, hiking, general fitness, outdoor activities.
- to provide opportunities for social interaction and to give experience in living and co-operating in a group.
- to help build each student’s sense of independence.
- to provide the challenge of coping with different surroundings and the opportunity for displaying initiative and responsibility in different settings.
- to provide students with a range of experiences that can be a focus for classroom curriculum activities.
Every effort is made to keep costs to a minimum while providing safe, interesting and suitable opportunities. Details are provided well in advance so that they can be budgeted and paid for over a period of time.
Grade 3 and 4 Camp to Forest Edge
The Grade 3 and 4 students had a fantastic three day camp at Forest Edge on the Neerim High Plains. They visited Healesville Sanctuary on the way where they really enjoyed the Spirits of the Sky native Australian bird display. At camp they did exciting activities like the flying fox, the low ropes, archery, the rock climbing wall and so much more. They told stories around the camp fire, toasted marshmallows and got very little sleep. It was fun-filled and they are all looking forward to next year’s camp.
Grade 5 and 6 Phillip Island Camp
The Grade 5 and 6 students attended the Philip Island camp this year. They visited the Nobbies, penguins parade, koala sanctuary and Amaze N Things over three days. They took part in many activities at the camp itself. The students had the opportunity to develop independence, work cooperatively in groups and develop new friendships.The students and staff had an exciting and memorable time .