Camps and Outdoor Education

Students from Year 2 through to Year 9 at Carranballac P-9 College are provided with a rich assortment of camps throughout their schooling.  Camps range from school sleepovers through tours of Federal Parliament in Canberra to hikes in the wilderness.  Carranballac P-9 College camps are embedded with curriculum-based activities to support and strengthen students’ understanding of their inquiry topics, expand their peer groups, learn more about themselves and gain independence and confidence as they develop into young leaders in our community.


Families eligible for Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) payments can access $125 per year for each primary school student or $225 per year for each secondary school student. CSEF can be used towards any camps.  Click HERE for more information


Year 2 Zoo Excursion and School Sleepover

Year 2 students participate in a zoo based educational experience, becoming "Local Legends" for the day. Students will investigate the wonders of wildlife through the rich, multi-sensory environment of Melbourne Zoo. While at the zoo they will have story time with zoo educators, participate in a close encounter with a special animal and spend time in a natural setting to independently explore and gather information about animal habitats, lifecycles, and features.

After students return to school, they will have the opportunity to play in the playground followed by a pizza dinner and a movie before snuggling down for a sleepover at school.  In the morning students are given breakfast before being picked up by parents.


Year 3 Camp Wilkin

Year 3 students participate in their first residential camp, held over three days at Camp Wilkin in Anglesea.  Students are housed in lodge style accommodation, with central meals hall and beautiful Australian bushland.  Students will participate in individually challenging and team-enriching activities such as low ropes, orienteering, archery, flying fox and a climbing wall. As part of their sustainability inquiry, students will investigate and explore the Anglesea Estuary under the guidance of environmental education company, EcoLogic


Year 4 Lake Dewar Lodge Camp

This is a new camp for our college.  We are using it to accommodate the new split into separate grade 3 and grade 4 year levels.  It is planned that for next year, the Year 4 students will attend this residential camp and then the following year they will return to Arribri Lodge in Warburton where they have been for the last few years.

Lake Dewar Ledge Camp offers lodge style accommodation for students, with a central meals hall and a mix of indoor and outdoor facilities.


Year 5 Victorian Goldfields Camp

Year 5 students travel to Ballarat and Bendigo while undertaking the Inquiry Topic “Eureka!”.  They will investigate how and what we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past, how and why the Australian colony developed over time and how colonial settlement changed the natural environment.  They will examine how the Gold Rush, in particular, changed Australian society, government and laws.
In Bendigo, they will attend the Bendigo Trust venues: Central Deborah Gold Mine, The Talking Tram and the Old Joss House. They will also visit the Golden Dragon Museum and do the Chinese Steps walking tour of the area around the Museum.  In Ballarat, they will attend a focused education session at Sovereign Hill, Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, and the Gold Museum


Year 6 Canberra Tour Camp

To support the curriculum inquiry topic “Australia as a Nation”.  Students travel to Canberra to learn about the changes and continuity in Australia over time, including the study of key events in Australian government, the Parliament and the three levels of government. They also explore Australian culture and history, the concept of democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  Students will visit attractions around Canberra and visit many sites including: the High Court, Parliament House, the War Memorial, the National Capital Exhibition, Questacon Science and Technology Centre, Government House, the Royal Mint and the Old Parliament House Museum of Democracy. They will also drive by a selection of national embassies.


Year 7 Billabong Ranch Camp

Year 7 students attend a three-day leadership camp at Billabong Ranch in Echuca.  Students will participate in Horse Riding, Archery, roping and lassoing, ropes course navigating their way through 21 obstacles, a Commando course of obstacle challenges for individual and team based activities, and an Aboriginal culture and dance workshop.  Activities focus on self-development, team building, resilience and communication whilst providing them with new experiences. 


Year 8 Valley Homestead Camp

Year 8 students participate in a range of on-site activities to encourage leadership, cooperation and overcoming challenges such as the dual flying fox and vertical challenge.  There will also be a walk that takes students along the rail trail, through a section of bush land and across the hops fields.  Students will camp beside the Ovens River overnight. While in camp, students rotate through a program of the following activities: Lateral-thinking activities, Dual flying fox, Vertical Challenge and Aerial Obstacle Course.  Students will also undertake a one-night hike, carrying packs and sleeping in tents. They will walk for approximately two – three hours to arrive at the camping spot and again in the morning to return to camp. They will eat dinner and breakfast at the campsite. 


Year 9 Cave Hill Camp

Year 9 students head off to Cave Hill Creek for their leadership camp.  The activities include hiking, cooking, abseiling and camping overnight in tents.  Students will walk along the Beeripmo Track with their hiking groups for the duration of the camp and experience an incredible two nights away in a character building, team-bonding experience.

Encompassing the peaks of the Mount Cole Range, this highly regarded walking trail features a wide range of environs, including alpine gums, towering messmates, ferns, and the rare and endemic Grevillea montis-cole shrubbery. Walkers are rewarded with commanding vistas of the surrounding basalt plains and Grampians Ranges, with attractive peaceful campsites waiting at the end of the day.  Cave Hill Creek facilitators' local knowledge of the Mount Cole Range ensures a safe and enriching learning experience for all levels of participant.


Year 9 Surf Camp

Year 9 students attend a three-day camp at the Lorne Surf Life-Saving Club towards the end of the year.  This camp is the conclusion of the Foundation to Year 9 swimming and life-saving program. The Surf Camp provides an opportunity for students to learn a new sport and to learn life-saving skills at the three-day 'Surf Stars' program.  Activities include surfing, a night walk, surf carnival and forest walk.  Surfing lessons are suitable for beginners and will be held in waist deep water. 

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