Students begin the Outdoor Education and Camps programme with an overnight stay at School in Year 2 and progress to a week at Melbourne Grammar School’s Robert Knox Camp at Woodend in Year 5 and a four-night coastal programme in Year 6. Through experiences in the outdoors our students are challenged on many levels: physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Each camp is designed specifically for their age group, skills and interests. Led by experienced staff, our girls and boys have a wonderful opportunity to develop leadership and cooperative group skills while gaining a greater appreciation of living in harmony with each other and our environment.
In Year 2, students are introduced to the camps programme with an overnight sleepover at the School.
Years 3 and 4
Our Year 3 students spend two days at the Alpine Ash resort in the beautiful surroundings of the Toolangi National Park. The Year 4 students also go to the Alpine Ash resort for three days to continue developing their skills in the outdoors. Students use teamwork and cooperation to face challenges such as lighting a fire with only twigs and leaves, navigating through the bush, putting up tents and preparing a billy meal.
All students in Year 5 spend several days at our Robert Knox Camp in the Wombat State Forest near Woodend. With the expert guidance of camp staff, they are led through a broad range of outdoor activities, including safe practices, bush survival skills, map reading, compass work, games and camping out. The main aim at Woodend is learning to live and work cooperatively so nearly all activities are tackled in groups. In Year 5, children also go on their Great City Adventure to learn more about Melbourne and what the city has to offer.
Students in Year 6 take a five-day trip. Led by experienced staff, the children come home full of stories and a wonderful appreciation of living in harmony with each other and with nature. In recent years the Year 6 camp has involved a coastal programme in Tasmania, and a trip to Canberra.