With so many new students to Oxley Christian College, the camp aims to develop friendships and build teamwork across the year level. Students engage in a wide range of outdoor activities including archery and ropes courses. These activities are supplemented with fun indoor activities, devotional time and sumptuous food!
Students will be involved in exploring the wonders of Victoria’s coastal parks, where the Year 8 Camp is located in the Gippsland region. Teachers will refer to the geographical, historical, zoological and botanical features of this fascinating area. Apart from the activities associated with bushwalking, canoeing and camping, students will also enjoy recreational times and daily devotions. The students travel by coach and sleep in tents. A chef prepares generous and nutritious meals.
Year 9 is the time of growing maturity, value formation and refining of social and academic skills. At Oxley Christian College, we endeavour to provide positive opportunities for challenge, achievement, reflection, character development and lasting memories.
The camp is an integral part of the Year 9 experience. Outside the classroom environment, students enjoy a shared sense of purpose and achievement. They learn valuable life lessons, team work, leadership skills, appreciation of the natural environment and self sufficiency during which their bonds of friendship are strengthened. With activities including bushwalking, canoeing, bike riding, adventure sports, initiative activities and camping, all shared with friends, the camp is a wonderful experience.
The Year 10 camp is a highlight of the Senior School for many of our graduating students. During this camp, based at Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula, students have the opportunity to experience the challenge of learning new aquatic skills. Students select an area of interest, from surfing, sailing or SCUBA diving. Most students also complete basic snorkelling training.
Our safety practices are well-in-hand, to ensure that students face real challenges in a safe environment. The camp site itself is fantastic, with large learning pools on site, grassed oval, bitumen basketball court, dormitory-style rooms and a large dining room.
All students are given the opportunity to challenge themselves to achieve things that they may not have thought personally possible and to enjoy the experience with their peers.
Challenges abound in the Year 11 camp. With a focus on team building and physical challenges, our students return exhausted and exhilerated by this camp each year.
In recent years the Year 11 camp has been held at the Summit, located near Trafalgar, Gippsland where excellent facilities are available for the various activities of the camp. The Summit provide trained leaders and facilitators who will work in conjunction with Oxley staff to provide a challenging but safe educational experience.
Activities are generally outdoors and are physical in nature, and together with formal debriefing after each session are aimed at building resilience, tolerance, teamwork, motivation and other positive character traits. The goal is to assist each and every student to realise their God-given potential through the VCE years and beyond.
The Year 12 Orientation Program (known as the “Year 12 Camp”) is held at one of the Colleges associated with Monash University. We use a range of excellent facilities, both at the College and at Monash University, for the various aspects of the program. Guest speakers from Monash academic staff and our own staff members present lectures, seminars and workshops covering the following topics:
- Goal Setting
- Coping with the VCE workload
- Time management
- Study skills
- Tertiary entrance procedure and system of scoring
- Careers information
To give students an introduction to university life, there will be a tour of the Humanities, Science and Commerce Faculties and lectures by members of Monash academic staff. We also enjoy good times of recreation together in the evenings.
The Monash Camp is a wonderful opportunity to help students clarify their goals. While exposing students to a university campus, students are encouraged to aim high in their final year of schooling.