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OutBeyond school camps are an integral program of Casey Grammar School that allow students to build on what is taught in the classroom by transporting the textbook to the real world. Going beyond the traditional school camp model of “one size fits all” OutBeyond creates unique experiences for both the students and staff involved.
OutBeyond provides opportunities for students to undertake activities in the outdoors within a safe, controlled environment, that allow students to push beyond perceived limitations to support academic, personal, spiritual and social excellence. Students are encouraged to play an active role in their school camp under our student agency model; which recognises individuality, but also acknowledges a wider set of relationships – with teachers, peers, families and our staff. A concept underlying the learning framework is “co-agency”, which is implemented through our unique Leadership and Development Program with Enterprise Themed student team roles that help learners to actively progress towards their valued goals.
Our school camps are carefully designed with scope and sequence as a core priority.
Year 7 Camp
The Year 7 school camp is designed as an extension of a typical Year 6 residential camp experience. This lightweight journey-based program allows students to begin to take on active leadership roles in outdoor environments. Students are challenged to increase their awareness of self, and care and respect for others and for the environment. Through a carefully designed program students are able to take on key responsibilities and ownership and are empowered to make real decisions on behalf of their team. Combining reflection and introspection in a natural setting, OutBeyond allows students to begin to understand and balance their modern lifestyle with their place in nature and the positive contributions that they can make.
The Year 7 Camp is currently 3 days in duration and is based in the coastal and marine environment of Phillip Island. Students undertake a range of fun activities including surfing, bush-walking, mountain biking, camping, outdoor cooking, conservation, wildlife encounters and much more.
Year 8 Camp
The Year 8 school camp builds on the foundational skills developed during Year 7 and is based in the Great Otway National Park. Students undertake an extended journey as they begin to utilise key outdoor equipment such as hiking backpacks, lightweight cooking equipment and camping gear. This approach gives students an increase in independence and encourages them to manage their own personal belongings in new and unfamiliar environments whilst working as a team.
The camp begins to challenge students through various activities such as scenic hikes through bush and coastal landscapes, overnight tent based camping, water-based adventure activities, history and connection with the area and cultural initiatives. This student-led camp assists Year 8 students to prepare for senior secondary school life as well as future outdoor or travel based experiences.
Student leadership encompasses many of the ideas and intentions that are often described as student participation, student agency or student voice. The term student leadership refers to education principles and practices that give young people the opportunities and support to find their voices, to participate in decision-making, and to understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. When students are given the skills and opportunity to lead, they are empowered to have a real impact on their learning and school environment and are prepared to participate meaningfully in their community.
OutBeyond recognises the importance of student leadership, which begins with actively involving students in their school camp experience – not just on camp, but in the lead up and in the weeks or months following camp.