Outdoor education aims to enhance personal skills and qualities beyond what may be possible in school - qualities like self reliance, courage to take risks and responsibility for themselves and others. From the mountains to the sea, young people experience spectacular natural environments and gain a real appreciation of the outdoors.
Our camps programme is most extensive in Years 9 and 10. In Year 9, boys have two camps during the year. Each trip is a week-long expedition supervised by expert staff and qualified assistants. Choices include sea kayaking, bushwalking, diving on shipwrecks, exploring central Australia, crewing a square-rigged sailing, rock climbing, surfing, cycling, canoeing and more.
In 2012 the School introduced an outdoor education experience for all Year 10 boys called Beyond the Gates. Beginning from St Kilda Road, the boys will spend 20 days making their way to Falls Creek (via Wangaratta) and finishing at the top of Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciusko, hiking, rafting, cycling and bush camping along the way.
In March 2013, a Parents Information Evening was held about Beyond the Gates. You can read more about the evening by clicking here, or click here to watch a video of the presentation.
In Years 11 and 12, students are invited on a four-week trip with World Challenge to a developing country where the emphasis is on community service.
Many of our students take up optional adventure trips during holidays, travelling with staff to places like New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tasmania's Cradle Mountain and the Italian Dolomites.
The School's voluntary bush walking club, the LG Robertson (LGR) Society, was established in 1959. It operates in the Alpine National Park near Licola with Senior School boys undertaking rigorous five to 10-day walks with trained, experienced student leaders.