We begin our outdoor education programme with incursions during Prep and Year 1. As they move into Year 2, students have the chance to participate in their first on-campus sleepover, taking their first steps towards independence, building confidence and deepening classroom friendships.
First off-campus experiences
In Years 3 and 4 our students participate in one and two-night trips to the Alpine Ash resort cabins in Toolangi National Park. These are opportunities to take on new challenges including navigating through the bush, setting up tents, lighting a fire with twigs and leaves and preparing a billy meal. Along with boosting their confidence in approaching new experiences, these camps further develop students’ independence, resilience and ability to communicate with others.
New challenges in later primary
In Years 5 and 6, Grimwade House students participate in longer stays at the School’s Robert Knox Camp near Woodend including, in Year 6, a five-day trip that offers snorkelling, surfing, canoeing, camping and bushwalking.
Year 6 students travel to the Nation’s capital, Canberra, to gain an understanding of how our government works.
Students also participate in a Great City Adventure excursion to explore Melbourne and improve their capacity for undertaking urban travel in a safe manner.
These end-of-primary excursions are opportunities to strengthen relationships with peers and teachers and to refine abilities to negotiate, make decisions, work as part of a team and take on leadership roles.