Camps & Experiences
Enhancing strong relationships
Camps and Experiences are an integral part of the Year 7 – 10 program at Fitzroy High School. Students who choose Outdoor Education in VCE can also continue to be involved in camps.
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 also need to know their students well to help direct their learning. The informal opportunities for working together and chatting together which are provided on camps are unique and invaluable.
Building the skills and aptitudes of students
The year 7 camp is held as close as possible to the beginning of the year in order to help facilitate transition from primary school. It is usually held at the Lady Northcote Recreation Camp in Glenmore, not far from Bacchus Marsh.
The year 8 camp is held later in the year usually at Roses Gap in the Grampians.
The year 9 camp is usually held at Valley Homestead in the Ovens Valley. There is also an optional camp for students through the Department of Education and Training’s Outdoor School Alpine Campus (Bogong). The Alpine School offers unique term-long residential education experiences for networks of Year 9 students from across the State. The program focuses on the development of leadership and interpersonal skills through outdoor activities and team learning projects sourced from students’ home regions.
The opportunity for year 10 students to plan and attend a choice of camps and experiences that they design themselves has been an important part of the Fitzroy High School curriculum in the past, however this has not occurred for the past few years due mainly to Covid 10. It will be reviewed post 2022.