Camps at Fitzroy High School are an integral part of the Year 7 – 10 program.
The focus and the challenge of each camp is different but the underlying ethos is the same: camps are an excellent vehicle for enhancing the strong relationships which underpin the success of our curriculum delivery.
Students need to have strong self-knowledge, an appreciation of other students’ strengths and tolerance for others’ weaknesses.
Teachers need also to know their students well to help direct their learning. The informal opportunities for working together and chatting together provided on camp are unique and invaluable.
The Year 7 camp is held in the third week of the year and allows students a relaxed opportunity to interact with each other and with their significant Year 7 teachers.
This 3-day camp is held at the YMCA’s Lady Northcote camp near Bacchus Marsh. The activities revolve around group challenges and fun and include canoeing, mountain bike riding, yabbying and high ropes challenge.
The camp gives teachers an excellent opportunity to start the process of getting to know each of their students as individuals with capabilities, likes, idiosyncracies and, sometimes, even fears are revealed.
Students come back from camp with a sense of belonging to the whole student cohort which is a great way for them to start the year.
The premise of the Year 8 camp is quite different; it is a journey rather than a base camp, held at Cape Otway. Students are involved in learning the history of the lighthouse by living 3 days in the life of an 1800s Lighthouse Keeper.
On rotation, they man the lighthouse 24hrs a day, doing the checks and recordings that were necessary in the pre-electronic era. They hike out to the river mouth to pick up supplies, raft those supplies up river and camp out overnight.
The essence of this camp is teamwork and leadership, as the students are given various responsibilities for the leading of the trip, but also allows for learning about history and the environment.
2012 Student Reflections
The Year 9 camp is extended to 4 days and involves a base camp which is team-work and challenge based like the Year 7 camp, but with the challenges heightened. Year 9 camps have been held at Valley Homestead in the Ovens Valley, Roses Gap in the Grampians and Ace-Hi Riding School.
The Year 10 camp idea is being extended following the highly successful Malaysia trip last year which was planned and organised by students.
The notion is for Year 10s to be given a range of “camp experience” options from which to choose – they might opt into a local or rural Victoria experience, or it could be an inter-state or overseas experience.
Students will form groups according to their preference and they will plan and organise their trip which will run at the end of the year.