Stepping out of comfort zones


Mentone Girls’ Grammar School is an expert in girls’ education and the contemporary curriculum is designed to challenge girls at each age and stage. Staff understand the need to think beyond the traditional classroom and expose students to rewarding, holistic educational experiences. The school’s camps, excursions, study tours and international experiences work to serve this purpose. These hands-on, experiential opportunities not only encourage teamwork and community living, they help promote independence and personal responsibility. Students are encouraged to be bold and conquer their fears.

In 2016, students enjoyed an array of educational and fun adventures. Year 2 students spent a fascinating day at Healesville Sanctuary as part of their Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry, during which they learnt about endangered animals in Australia.

Year 3 students spent a night at Scienceworks to experience an overnight stay and their first camp experience, as well as being immersed in curious scientific activities.

Year 4 students had a challenging, rewarding and fun experience at The Phillip Island Adventure Resort, while Year 5 girls stepped back in time at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat.

Year 6 girls learned more about modern Australian society and citizenship during a study tour to Canberra, where they visited Parliament House, the National Museum, the War Memorial, the Electoral Office, the Geo-Science Centre, the Australian Institute of Sport and Questacon.

In Senior School, students were exposed to more challenging and eye-opening experiences. The Year 7 girls spent four days at the Kinglake Ranges Wilderness Centre in Central Victoria, getting involved in many activities including hiking, camping and learning about Indigenous culture.

Year 8 girls spent more time on inner reflection and personal challenge during an action-packed week at Merricks Lodge in beautiful Point Leo.

The Year 9 students engaged with important issues related to social justice as they learnt more about Melbourne as a global city. As part of the Future Global Leaders program, students also had the incredible opportunity to experience a unique learning adventure in Northern Territory, China or Malaysia, providing an authentic look into different cultures and environments.

Back in Victoria, the Year 10 alpine camp challenged students both physically and mentally and enabled students to develop a greater appreciation of the Victorian high country and Australia’s diverse landscape. In bluebird conditions at Falls Creek, students learnt new skills and experienced physical challenges, such as night skiing, within a safe and well-supervised environment. A group of Year 10s also stepped out of their comfort zones at the annual Service Learning Project in north Thailand.

During Years 11 and 12, students developed leadership and study skills, as well as continued consideration of career pathways by attending conferences and day trips to the University of Melbourne.

The school looks forward to continuing its dynamic camps and trips abroad by re-visiting some favourite places, scoping out new and exciting adventures, and most importantly, exposing students to positive life-changing experiences.


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