Camps/Trips/Excursions

Catholic Regional College Melton is devoted to providing experiential learning opportunities for students across all ages. Staff work in collaboration to create overnight experiences which address the physical, emotional and social needs of students whilst also addressing curriculum requirements. Although the program is constantly evolving, some highlights of the program are as follows.

Camps:

Year 7 and 8 students take part in compulsory overnight experiences of two or three days which are aimed specifically at building self esteem, teamwork skills and promoting positive relationships between students and staff. Students take part in a range of adventure recreation activities including surfing, high ropes, canoeing and initiative courses which are underpinned by a ‘challenge by choice’ philosophy. Further activities are conducted surrounding critical thinking and problem solving as well as providing opportunities for personal reflection and discussion.

Year 9 students are given a range of choices including a winter alpine experience, personal challenge day, community service as well as the externally run Mittagundi program. The wide range of choices at Year 9 are aimed at providing students and parents with the opportunity to find a balance of engaging activities suited to the individual.

The Year 10 program at CRC Melton consists of a range of immersion activities which may not require overnight commitments. These include Melbourne experience and work experience which are both aimed at providing students with a greater understanding of facilities and services which are easily accessible to them within the Melbourne area. These programs also aim to foster independence and initiative with a particular focus on work skills and responsible use of public services such as rail and bus networks.

Beyond Year 10 students are invited to take part in collaborative immersion experiences including the central Australia tour as well as biannual tours to Malaysia, Italy and Kenya. Pre requisites do apply to some of these opportunities and positions are strictly limited.

Outdoor Education:

The College offers a curriculum based outdoor education program starting at Year 9 with a semester based elective aimed at introducing the basic outdoor travel and living skills required to take part in self sufficient, minimal impact exploration of a range of Victoria’s natural environments. There are two camps provided within this program which build upon the experiences gained through a range of practical activities undertaken during class time.

The Year 9 camps take them to:
Terms 1 and 3: You Yangs: Light hike, camping and mountain biking. 1 day and 1 night.
Terms 2 and 4: Cape Otway: Great ocean walk, 3 day hike and surf. 3 days and 2 nights.

Year 10 students can elect to commence Units 1 and 2 of the VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies course which provides four compulsory camps outlined as follows:
Term 1: Port Philip Bay – Snorkel and Seal Swim. 2 days and 1 night.
Term 2: Labertouche – Cave exploration 2 days and 2 nights.
Term 3: Brisbane Ranges: Naturalist studies and hiking. 3 days and 2 nights.
Term 4: Upper Yarra River: White water canoeing journey. 2 days and 1 night.

Year 11, students progress into Units 3 and 4 of the curriculum where a further 3 overnight experiences are designed to maximize student learning. These experiences are as follows:
Term 1: Murray River – Canoeing journey. 3 days and 2 nights
Term 2: Grampians – Rock-climbing and cultural study. 3 days and 2 nights.
Term 3: Phillip Island – Sea Kayak, Mountain Bike and Nature study, 3 days and 2 nights.

All outdoor activities are planned specifically to minimize disruption to the academic calendar wherever possible and for this reason, Outdoor and Environmental studies must be completed at Years 10 and 11, removing the instance of student absence during Year 12.

For further information regarding camps and outdoor activities at the College, please feel free to contact the current Outdoor Education Coordinator.

Overseas Travel: