At Wantirna College we believe camps and excursions are an important part of the curriculum. They supplement students learning and provide opportunities for them to learn in the real world and to see how they theory they study operates in.
Various excursions will be run throughout the year to enhance the learning experience for students. These may vary from year to year depending on what is on offer in the community and how it enhances the learning experience for students. As a rough guide most students should expect to have at least one excursion per semester.
Where it is economically or educationally viable, students who have completed Year 9 City Experience maybe asked to use public transport independently to make their own way to an excursion venue. Parents will be notified in writing if this is the case. Unless otherwise stated in writing students are expected to attend excursions in full school uniform including school shoes.
Year 7 Transition Camp
The focus of the camp is getting to know other students and teachers, learning about group cooperation, team building and leadership, and understanding how the school runs, in a supportive, enjoyable, educational setting. The camp is held at Camp Oasis in Mount Evelyn.
Each year the Production cast and crew have a three day camp to undertake final rehearsals for the show. Students who are successful at auditions commit to being available for this three day camp. It is held early in Term 3 and is generally at a facility less than 30 minutes away from the College to allow more rehearsal time.
Year 9 City Experience
In order to develop a broader understanding of Melbourne all Year 9 students undertake a week long City Experience. To build responsibility and confidence they travel on public transport to and from the city each day with decreasing levels of teacher supervision. Whilst there they visit various locations to learn about the size and role of the city and undertake a research project based around the research hypothesis they have developed.
Year 9 Challenge Camps
At Year 9 all students choose a physically challenging camp from a range of options including rock climbing at Mount Arapiles, kayaking and hiking at Andersons Inlet, white water rafting on the Snowy River and canoeing on the Murray River. Each of these camps is based on the idea of students being outside their comfort zone and facing a significant physical challenge. Students who require less of a physical challenge can attend the Adventure Camp at Karoonda Park which introduces students to a range of activities.
This experience has many cross curricular links that are followed up back at school.
Year 11 Central Australia Tour
The Year 11 tour through Central Australia and up to Darwin is a highlight for interested students. This educational trip is traditionally 15-17 days at the end of Semester 1 and includes part of the winter holidays. Students travel by coach and camp in tents taking in highlights such as Uluru, Kings Canyon, Mataranka and Kakadu.
Payments for Excursions and camps
Whilst we actively encourage all students to participate our camps and excursions all operate on a user pays basis. We work hard to keep the cost to families as low as possible whilst providing a safe and quality experience.
Payments for excursions and camps should be made to the General Office before the final date. Late payments are generally not accepted as we are required to finalise booking arrangements with providers prior to the day.
Where we are notified early enough we are able to facilitate payment plans for families to ease financial pressure.