- develop student confidence and self esteem
- foster new friendships
- enable staff and students to get to know one another better in a non-school environment
At the start of Term 3, all Year 8 students will be involved in the City Discovery Camp, based at Collins Street in the city.
The City Discovery Camp has a primary focus on creating a greater sense of community and connectedness amongst each House Group and on providing a variety of different experiences to help the students learn more about our great city. Students travel as a group by public transport to the city.
After a briefing at the CYC campsite, students head off in groups to do their in-depth city research and meet back at CYC. This research is preparation for an Oral Task back at school in their English classes. After dinner, we take a tour of Marvel Stadium. On Day Two, there is a Wipeout session at MSAC in the morning, followed by a ride on the observation wheel Melbourne Star in the afternoon. The final day includes a tour and exploration of Queen Victoria Market (including food sampling). The program will change from year to year as the needs of the students change and the focus of the camp is fine tuned.
As part of the Year 9 Personal Enrichment & Extension Program, the four day camp at Phillip Island Adventure Resort will allow the students to engage in a range of activities that will promote team-building and mixing, as well as leadership skills. Activities at the camp include: goal setting; raft building; flying fox; high ropes course; giant swing; challenge activities; surfing at Smith’s Beach.
As part of the college’s extensive Outdoor Education program, Year 9 students are given the opportunity to take part in the Wollongarra Camp, an outdoor adventure experience in the mountains of East Gippsland. This consists of a week-long camp at ‘Wollongarra’ on the banks of the Macalister River near Licola. Students enter the camp on a flying fox and then participate in various farm and outdoor activities, as well as a three day hike in the magnificent high country of the Great Dividing Range. The camp is a real life adventure and an extremely rewarding experience for students of all ages; new friendships are made, exciting adventures are had and a whole new way of life is experienced.
Students have the option to attend a 12-day trip through the middle of Australia at the end of Term 3 and into the Term 3 holidays. Starting at school, students travel express by bus to Uluru where they set up camp for a couple of nights and enjoy the wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From here we travel to Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Daly Waters, Katherine, Kakadu National Park and Darwin – from where we fly home. Students engage with, and learn about, Australia’s diverse environment and culture throughout the 12 days.
Students have the option to attend a 5-day Ski Trip at the start of Term 3. Accommodation is provided at Mansfield, with students being taken up Mt Buller each day to engage in ski/snowboard lessons and practice their new skills.
At the start of Term 1, all Year 12 students attend a 2-day residential at University College in Parkville as an introduction to their final school year. Students participate in a range of workshops centred on study skills and physical and mental wellbeing. They hear from a number of guest speakers including successful past students of Vermont and have a chance to view Melbourne University.