The School has a structured camps programme with camps for all boys in Years 7 to 11. These camps are held in the final week of the School year. There is also a three day orientation camp for Year 7 held in February each year and an Army Cadet bivouac held at in the last week of Term III.
Years 7 and 8 Camps are held at standing campsites with cabin accommodation and meals are catered for. The boys take part in a wide range of activities including canoeing, orienteering, abseiling, bushwalking and outdoor games and competitions.
Year 9 boys undertake Army Cadet camps which are based at military training establishments, but where boys are expected to undertake more demanding outdoor pursuits than in Year 8.
Year 10 boys not in Cadets take part in a hike in an area which is thought to best suit a boy's strength and ability.
Year 11 boys either attend Army Cadet camps, opt to act as leaders on Year 7 or Year 8 camps or attend a special Year 11 camp which is in line with the oudoor activities held in Year 10. There is also a small group of Year 10/11 boys who travel to Yarrabah, a remote Aboriginal community in north Queensland and another small group who undertake a special community service activity in Sydney.
These camps are planned to cater for the broad needs of each boy at his stage of development. Hence, the Year 7 camp concentrates on outdoor games and educational experience; Year 8 makes more challenging physical and socialising demands in a more rugged and difficult environment. Camps may be seen as the ultimate stage of a sequence which seeks finally to give many boys the chance to take part in a challenging adventure and to become more self-reliant and resourceful.
Leave or Absence from Camp
- Requests for leave from camp must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the camp's commencement in writing to Mr John Meakins, the Special Duties Master.
- If leave is sought for a medical reason, a Medical Certificate is required.
Please note that camps are an integral part of the School's educational programme and leave will only be granted under exceptional circumstances.
- If your son is ill or injured and unable to attend camp at the time of its commencement, you should ring the School and leave a message on the absentee voicemail (9923 2277), recording your son's name and year group and the camp he was to attend.
- If your son recovers in the first day or two after the commencement of camp, it may be possible to join the camp. Arrangements for this can be made by telephoning the Assistant to the Headmaster, Mr Rod Morrison on 9900 4729.
- Similarly, your son may be unable to attend camp through initial illness or injury but will be expected to attend School as usual. In this case, your son must attend School from 8.30am to 3.00pm each day where he will be supervised and given meaningful work and tasks. He should report to the Office of the Sergeant's Major.
Boys are not permitted to stay at home during camp week when in a normal School week they would attend school. A note from parents must always be provided to cover any absence from camp and any absence for two days or more requires a medical certificate.
Information During End of Year Camp Week
During Camp week at the end of each year, it is understandable that many parents wish to confirm information about departure and return times for Camps. Please note that these are always provided to all boys and parents in writing. Infrequently, there may be a need for the School to provide information about the status of a camp or the welfare of boys on particular camps. For these purposes, the School's wet weather number has a message service which will provide information and can be updated as appropriate.
End of Year Camp Information Number (during End of Year Camp Week only): 9956 1135
As senior school camp information is published it is placed in Lampada within the Camps area.