Outdoor educational experiences, or camps, form a valuable part of the broad based educational experience as they offer students a wide variety of opportunities for challenge and growth socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. They are developed to age-appropriately take students outside of their comfort zones by exposing them to situations that require a combination of calculated risk-taking, lateral thinking, teamwork and physical determination. They also allow staff and students to interact and form relationships in settings outside of the classroom.
An outline of some of the camps and tours provided to CHAC students appears below.
Year 6 Canberra Tour
The students in Upper Primary participate in a variety of excursions and events aimed at developing quality character attributes. Each year, Year 6 Students spend the week in our nation’s capital visiting Parliament House and the War Memorial as part of their studies of Civics and Citizenship. This is a rich and exciting hands on experience where the children enjoy a week of activities in Canberra and finish with a day in the snow at Perisher Valley.
Year 7 Orientation Camp
With so many new students joining the College, the Year 7 Orientation Camp takes place in the second week of the new school year, and presents the perfect opportunity to challenge one another and forge new friendships.
With activities such as the Giant Swing, Abseiling, Camp Oven Cooking and Raft Building all designed to build team work and trust in one another, the newcomers to CHAC embrace a range of experiences as they settle into life in Junior Secondary.
Led by the Year 12 Junior Secondary Mentors (who are appointed each year to assist Year 7 students in their transition to Secondary School), campers are able to overcome the challenges posed by these new activities and came away from them with a sense of accomplishment.
Held over three days, Year 7 students return to the College safe in the knowledge they have conquered some fears and made lots of new friends, and are able to settle into life at CHAC, able to utilise their new skills during their transition year.
Senior Biology Tour to Fiji
In 2017, CHAC initiated a Biology Expedition to Fiji as part of a research project conducted by Operation Wallacea. Founded by Dr Tim Coles OBE, Operation Wallacea (Opwall) is a conservation research organisation that is funded by, and relies on, teams of student volunteers who join expeditions for the opportunity to work on real-world research programs alongside academic researchers. Students explored the Natewa Peninsula on the island of Vanua Levu, in association with the Nabu Conservation Trust.
CHAC students were the second group of students to participate in Fiji, in an area which has not been researched previously, allowing our students a unique experience.
The expedition was a fabulous experience for staff and students and we look forward to the summary report from Operation Wallacea about the data collected during the eight-week season. Gaining real world experience in ecology was a highlight and observing students participate in the marine aspects of the course showed how the students had matured over the two weeks.