On Thursday the 29th of February, 80 Year 7 students and their teachers took the bus to Camp Toolangi. The camp is nestled in the heart of natural bushland just an hour away from Melbourne, and provided the perfect setting for our students to immerse themselves in the beauty of the outdoors! The name “Toolangi,” means ‘tall trees’ in indigenous Woiwurrung–Taungurung language and the area is home to some of the largest and oldest trees in Victoria.

The experienced outdoor educators at Camp Toolangi brought the program to life, inspiring our students to embrace challenges and learn valuable life skills in a safe and supportive environment. Students conquered the Flying Fox, High Ropes and Climbing Tower, mastered Archery and Abseiling and competed in Bush Hut Building competitions! Other highlights included the whole group Billy Cart activity, night walk and film screening. The experience saw students strengthen old connections and build new friendships with their peers and teachers.

Despite some weather challenges that led to a shorter stay than planned, our students embraced every moment and made the most out of their time on camp. Guided by the theme of ‘take the initiative,’ our students embraced the spirit of adventure. They demonstrated leadership, teamwork, and resilience as they tackled each activity with enthusiasm and determination. We are immensely proud of our Year 7 students for their outstanding participation.

Thank you to all the parents for your support and encouragement, and to the dedicated staff who made this camp experience possible. We hope that the camp was a memorable and enriching experience that will stay with them for years to come.