Camps offers students the chance to experience the challenges and benefits of varied environments, to enjoy team-building activities and challenge their own individual skills and qualities.
Year 7 Camp
Year 7 students experience a three-night camp in a cabin-style environment in Term 2. The camp provides students the opportunity to participate in activities aimed at building friendships and developing problem-solving skills. Activities include bush survival information and camp fire-making skills, a 250 metre flying fox, abseiling, and cycling. Student feedback on their camp experience is highly positive, with many students enjoying new-found confidence and self esteem.
Year 9 Camp
Early in Term 1 Year 9 departs from the College to embark upon a camping trip, which includes activities specifically aimed at encouraging initiative and trust between students. Two nights are spent in a rural environment, which for many students is a new experience. A focus on building and maintaining friendships and positive associations between the students is an important goal of the camp. The camp has gained a reputation among students as a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Year 12 Retreat
Each year our Year 12 students participate in an overnight retreat. As they come to the end of their journey through the school, and indeed Catholic Education, we take the opportunity for students to reflect upon the joys and struggles of their VCE studies and their hopes and dreams for their life after Nazareth College. In a very busy period in their life this retreat is an important time to stop, pray, reflect, give thanks to God and invite Him more deeply into the times and decisions that lie ahead. It is also a time for the year level to be together at the commencement of their Year 12 and deepen their friendship and unity.
Central Australia Tour
Each year the Central Australia trip provides an opportunity for students from Years 9 to 11 to experience the red centre of Australia. Travelling by coach and sleeping in accommodation varying from bunkhouse to tent to the underground motel in the opal mining town of Coober Pedy, the ten day tour exposes students to experiences and challenges most, if not all, have never encountered.
The varied scenery of Uluru, the Olgas and Kings Canyon is experienced before arriving at Alice Springs and on arrival the natural beauty of the area is fully appreciated with visits to Simpson’s Gap, Namatjira’s Twin Ghost Gums, Standley Chasm, Glen Helen Gorge and Ormiston Gorge. This is not to forget the impact man has made on the area at the Overland Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the School of the Air.
Cultural aspects are emphasised with visits with indigenous guides at Uluru and to aboriginal schools at Alice Springs and contact with Catholic Care at Alice Springs all leading to a varied and educational excursion over ten days.