Year Level and Extra Curricular Camps
Camps at Bendigo South East College are an integral part of the College program. They provide active learning and social development beyond the classroom. Experience shows they can be one of the most effective strategies in supporting student learning.
The College is determined to make it possible for all students to attend each camp. To do this costs are kept to a minimum and payment plans are offered to families. It is the expectation and goal of the College to have all students participate in the camps program each year.
A two-day overnight camp is organised at the Anglesea YMCA Camp (Anglesea) early in the year. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for Learning Teams and the Learning Team Mentors to get to know each other. There are activities to develop teamwork, and sessions on peer support, goal setting and organisation. This orientation camp is a particularly important part of the transition process, so every student who accepts a position at Bendigo South East College is expected to attend.
A three day, two night stay at Camp Howqua, near Eildon, provides a range of exciting activities, including grass skiing, ropes courses, horse riding, canoeing, bush walking and water activities. Organised night time activities include a treasure hunt, tug-of-war, a trivia challenge and student concert activities.
The Year 9 Aspire Program includes the Cityscape camp as an integral part of the education experience. Students will participate in the highly acclaimed City Centre Program in Melbourne. The trip will involve students helping to make decisions about accommodation, entertainment and meals.
A snow experience is the focus at Year 10. Mount Hotham is the site for skiing. The students travel from Harrietville each day to the snowfields. The camp focuses on a combination of outdoor recreation activities such as skiing or snowboarding.
Year 10 Outdoor Education offers students a range of adventure camp activities including rock climbing, rafting, high ropes course and mountain bike riding.Students work in small groups and there is an emphasis on teamwork and cooperation. Students are able to challenge themselves at their own level, promoting success and enjoyment.
Music Camp, organised by the Bendigo Music Cluster, includes Bendigo South East students and students from other secondary colleges in the area. Guest clinicians provide specialist instruction for students. A highlight is the concert at the end of the camp.
Language Camps for students studying Languages are organised throughout the year, often in combination with students from other schools in Bendigo. There are opportunities for students to travel overseas as part of a tour or as an exchange student. A variety of programs have been organised over the past years such as the Indonesian Tour and the German sister school program. Opportunities to visit China and Malaysia are also offered.
The G’Day USA Program operates as a 10-day cultural tour when there is enough student interest. It involves a tour to the USA in the January school holidays. Part of the tour is spent with a family and experiencing the American way of life.
World Challenge is a twenty three day biannual expedition run through South East Asia which involves a trek, charity work and sightseeing. Language Study Programs includes an annual German exchange program a biannual Indonesian & Chinese study tour run to support our language study program.