At Mentone Girls’ Secondary College we have a proud history of extending our students’ learning opportunities through the provision of a wide variety of camps.
In late February our Year 7 students attend camp at Arrabri Lodge in Warburton. This is an Orientation camp that enables our students to make new friends and complete some team building skills. Make sure to check the Year 7 Camp Equipment List to know what to pack.
In Term 2 our Year 8 students attend camp at The Summit near Trafalgar for three days. This camp is aimed at challenging the girls to take risks and move out of their comfort zone through a variety of activities they would not have done before.
In early Term 3 our Year 9 students attend the Melbourne City Camp Experience, where students spend three days and two nights in the CBD. The City Experience camp is linked closely to the Year 9 Curriculum in the integrated subject Language and Society (English and Humanities).
In June our Year 10 students attend camp at The Summit near Trafalgar which provides an opportunity for the students to bond prior to VCE. The students undertake a number of activities invaluable to their personal development.
All Year 10 students also undertake a week of Work Experience.
Year 12 students attend a Year 12 Study conference at the College at the beginning of each year. Students develop a clearer understanding of how they can maximise their learning during their final year of secondary education.
The purpose of the Music Camp is to prepare our main performing groups for our annual Music events. It is also an opportunity for the girls to enjoy three days of intensive music training across all year levels. All members of ensembles and friends of music are encouraged to attend. All students who have had more than one year’s instrumental experience and singers who take singing lessons or are choir members are eligible.
Outdoor Education Camps
Outdoor Education camps are offered most years and can include bushwalking and skiing.
15 Mile Creek Camp
At 15 Mile Creek, nestled in a scenic rural valley in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, students develop a deeper connectedness with the natural environment. The learning focus for the 12 MGSC students attending 15 Mile Creek will be “Challenge & Grow”. Students will travel beyond their own perceived limitations and gain an understanding that physical and social risks are made safe through skill development and mutual help.
Our language students have the opportunity to travel to Japan and France as part of their senior studies. We have an exchange program where we have Japanese students visiting our school every second year.We have had students attend the highly successful World Challenge experience, visiting places such as Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. In 2016 students will be visiting Peru. Students are responsible for raising their own funds and organising their itinerary (including accommodation, transport and food). Students undertake a community challenge (e.g. working in the local community) and a physical challenge (five – seven day hike) as part of this wonderful, life-changing experience. Students at Mentone Girls’ SC are able to attend numerous leadership camps which are held throughout the year.