Student Camps

Camps, retreats and reflection days are a vital part of life at Kilbreda College and a key component of the College’s Student Wellbeing Program. From the Year 7 Transition Camp to the Year 11 Central Australia trip, our students are offered a multitude of opportunities to step outside the traditional classroom and experience learning in a range of contexts.

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Year 7 Transition Camp - Building Relationships
The focus of this camp is on building new relationships.  The Year 7 Transition Camp occurs in Term 1 and its primary purpose is for all Year 7 students to get to know each other and their teachers.  The camp is activity-filled and our students learn a great deal about themselves and each other as they face the various physical challenges, most popular of which are the giant swing, high ropes course and the water-based activities.

Year 8 Adventure Camp - My gifts.  My potential.
It’s a refreshing change of scenery as our Year 8 students head to the Victorian High Country for a camp designed to provide personal challenge and allow our students the chance to explore their potential.  At a time when friendship groups are changing and our students are actively exploring their identity, this camp offers them the opportunity to undergo a range of physical challenges, discover new friends, build resilience and independence, and boost their self-confidence and feelings of self-worth.

Year 9 BRIDGES to Country Camp - Inspiring Kindness to our Earth
This three-day camp focuses on agriculture and sustainability as part of our students BRIDGES to Country unit.  Our students embark on a study tour of working farms in Kangaroobie, enjoy a trip to the Twelve Apostles, learn about the history of the Shipwreck Coast and develop an understanding of the impact of local tourism on the environment.  The camp embodies a novel and effective approach to resilience and decision making, with different skills and gifts among the students coming to the forefront. For further information on the BRIDGES program, see HERE.

Year 10 Futures Week - Find your Frontier
This week long program enables our students to gain an awareness of the world of work, an understanding of the changing nature of work, develop employability skills, investigate possible career pathways related to their interests and personal goals, explore educational possibilities and develop skills for their future.  Students participate in a full week of activities related to life pathways, develop skills in industry and the workplace and experience the changing nature of careers, employment and study.

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Northern Territory Study Tour - Inspiring Spirits and Minds
Each year, during June/July, Year 11 students are invited to participate in a cultural awareness tour to Central Australia.  The tour consists of a ten-day program that is designed to provide all students with a unique opportunity to gain, in a respectful manner, a greater awareness, education, and appreciation for Australia’s Indigenous culture and people.  Students also witness and experience some of Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders. For further information on this trip HERE

Year 12 Retreat - Leading Lives of Impact and Purpose
To ‘retreat’ means to withdraw from life’s challenges, to reflect, reassess and renew our drive to re-engage, persevere and attend. At times, life can seem hectic and relentless. To retreat gives us the rare opportunity to stop, reflect and refocus on what is truly important.

At the commencement of their final year, our Year 12 students participate in a three day Retreat that provides our students with a great opportunity to spend time together as a cohort, to remember that their school journey is not just about assessments but it is about friendship and creating memories, and to contemplate this important final year of study and their future beyond Kilbreda College.

Duke of Edinburgh Camps - By Daring and by Doing
The Duke of Edinburgh Award aims to offer all young Australians the opportunity to experience a sense of personal achievement through individual challenge, teamwork and fun.  The Award is an internationally recognised program that encourages a sense of adventure amongst its participants.  Significant commitment and organisation are required to complete the program as well as effort, perseverance and initiative, which are put to the test on the adventurous expeditions.  Success in the Award Program comes through a conscious decision to accept and take up challenges.

Each year, Year 9 students begin working towards achieving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.  The Award has four components including volunteering, physical recreation/fitness, skill and adventurous expeditions.  At the Bronze level, students are introduced to bike riding and hiking in two expeditions.  They also learn skills in camp craft, teamwork and navigation along with other elements that build character and only occur in the great outdoors.  The lessons learned as well as memories and friendships gained are invaluable

Additional Camps
There are also a number of other camps that students may participate in as part of our curriculum, student leadership and social justice programs including: Music Camp, Biology Camp, Living Justice Camp, Leadership Camp and an Indigenous Immersion. In addition, there are a number of international immersions that students may choose to participate it.