For many students, Year 5 camp is the first time they have spent time away from their families. Camp is an exciting time where new friendships are developed, old ones are strengthened and students get down and dirty doing fun activities they may never have experienced.
Year 6 sees students visit the Sunshine Coast where they, amongst other things, learn surf safety and spend time soaking up the sea and sand.
Students in Year 7 go on camp within the first few weeks of the commencement of high school. This provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other as well as the teachers, in a relaxed, fun environment, outside of the classroom.
Students in Year 9 go on a one week journey of discovery, where they visit the wonders of central Queensland and immerse themselves in rural life. It has the potential to be life-changing by challenging the physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and social limits of each student. Eyes are opened to the challenges and hardships of living in a rural setting but also how rewarding this life can be. Students learn responsibility, communication, planning and organisation. They learn about problem solving and creative thinking, how to work with others in teams and active participation. It is a week where personal growth in some form or another is a given, and upon reflection, many students look back on this time as one of their favourite experiences of high school.
Every two years, students of Japanese have the opportunity to be immersed in Japanese language and culture in a two-week immersion to Japan. Students experience everything Japan has to offer and also spend a few days attending a school and living with a local family. Language skills are improved, friendships for life are formed and eyes are opened to global opportunities.
As a means of strengthening our connection to country, culture and others, Year 10 students have the opportunity to take part in an elective indigenous immersion to Cherbourg, where they learn about the displacement of indigenous families and children from 1910-1970. Students are immersed in a wide variety of cultural and learning experiences, strengthening cultural understanding and increasing awareness of indigenous culture, history and traditions. It is an opportunity for students to reflect and share experiences and knowledge with their cohort upon their return.
A two-week immersion to Cambodia, this is a powerful experience for staff and students as they are provided with a unique opportunity to stand in solidarity with those at the margins, as well as developing a unique global perspective. Visiting a Lasallian school in Cambodia, participants also work in areas and on projects supported by Caritas and Catholic Mission.