Camps are an important part of the educational program offered at Bacchus Marsh Grammar. The year-level Camps Program enables students to further enhance their learning and social skills development in a non-school setting incorporating a wide range of environments available to us in a local geographical area.
In line with our Teaching and Learning Framework and the Australian Outdoor Education Guidelines, we are focusing on several elements to align with this.
The main focus elements are:
- Sustainability- how we impact the world around us.
- Science & Geography – where are we in the world (mapping and location) geology.
- Indigenous links- where did we come from.
- Character building which links to developing the key elements of the framework, Respect, Discipline, Confidence, Ambition, Leadership and Kindness, incorporating the physical challenge and curriculum links.
- Community Awareness – which allows students to explore social responsibility, connection, problem solving and Team Work in the natural world.
Experiential learning programs provide the platform to assist students to discover more about their personal strengths, capabilities and resilience as well as developing interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills.
Students are exposed to a wide range of experiences, opportunities and environments, linking curriculum with cultural, environmental and outdoor emphases.
The Year Level Camps Program aims to:
- provide opportunities for students to discover more about themselves and others; encouraging students to build relationships with their peers and staff;
- provide opportunities for authentic leadership and teamwork skills;
- promote the lifelong interpersonal skills of resilience, self-esteem, self- management, independence, communication, judgement, cooperation and respect;
- promote access to, and engagement in, the outdoor environment, which enables students to develop their understanding of the natural world;
- expose students to unfamiliar environments and hands on real-world experiences,
- enable staff to develop supportive and effective professional relationships with students,
- enable students to experience success and become more confident,
- promote and encourage students to be involved in physical activities to promote their physical and mental wellbeing; and
- provide skills and knowledge that may lead to a lifelong involvement in leisure pursuits.