Camps and Tours are important learning opportunities and experiences for students at Xavier. Whole cohorts of students from Year Four through to Year Eleven participate in one to three day camps at venues all over Queensland. In the senior school, subject-based camps and tours are also popular. For example, Marine Biology students partipate in a house-boat trip, Drama and Visual Art students travel to Brisbane for exhibitions and performances, Physics students investigate the construction of rollercoasters at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, and in 2012 French students are partipating in an exchange program to France.
Every two years, staff are also given the opportunity to participate in an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Europe where they immerse themselves in understanding and experiencing Ignatian Spirituality and following in the footsteps of Saint Francis Xavier and Saint Ignatius Loyola.
Year 4 Camp
It is in Year 4 that students
experience their first “camp”. On the
first day, the students participate in a series of activities that are based on
the camping experience. This includes cooking biscuits for supper, liturgy
writing and an environmental walk.
That evening, students spend the night
“sleeping out” at school, before heading to Fraser Island the next day where
they are given the opportunity to experience the wonderful natural environment found
on our very own doorstep. Staff and students are
escorted by Park Rangers while on the island and they provide a wealth of information about the indigenous history, bush tucker
and other unique environmental features.
One of the highlights of Year Four camp is
eating lunch in a restaurant and being very grown up.
Year 5 Camp
Five camp, held at Mapleton, is designed to allow students to face
challenges, while working together and building teams, in a safe
environment. Students participate in a range of group and individual
activities that cover creative, physical and intellectual challenges.
One of the highlights is the pole jump!
Year 6 Camp
2, Year 6 head out on their 3 day camp. This year, students and teachers are
headed to Ewen Maddock Dam Camp. It is located at Landsborough, just down the
road from Australia Zoo. Students
will be expected to actively participate in all aspects of camp life.
will be two groups that they will be split in to. The first will be their
rotation groups (for activities) and their cabin groups (sleeping
arrangements). Each cabingroup will be designated a meal time to help out with.
will rotate through eight activities such as ropes, canoeing, team building,
commando course, etc. The activities are designed to bring the students out of
their comfort zone and to learn how to work as part of a team. The goal of the camp is to bring the cohort
together and develop a bond that they can carry through their Middle and Senior schooling.
7 spent an exciting 3 days in the Brisbane and Gold Coast area. Highlights
included a day at Seaworld, a tour of Suncorp Stadium and time at the Sciene
Centre and Museum.
Seaworld, teachers and students alike delighted at the cheeky antics of seals
and sea lions in ‘Fish Detectives’, amazed at the acrobatic skills of dolphins
in ‘Imagine’ and awestruck by the majesty of sharks and stingrays in Shark Bay.
the Queensland Science Centre they immerse themselves in some awesome
interactive exhibits in Body Zone, Action Stations, Megawatt and Think Science.
At the Museum the students get to participate in different organised activities
as well as having some time to explore the different exhibits in the museum.
Suncorp Stadium is always a highlight going through the dressing rooms, sitting
in the corporate boxes and the major highlight for all is to go through the
tunnel out on to the hallowed ground of Suncorp Stadium.
Year 8 Camp
Year Eight Camp
is at Luther Heights at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. This camp is designed as
an opportunity for students and teachers to get to know each other on a more
personal level. The camp goals are for students to appreciate each other from
new perspectives and see individuals in a different light that does not usually
appear at school.
include flying fox, raft building, initiative games, garbage bag fashion
designs, archery and a visit to the beach. Activities involve cooperation, teamwork,
imagination, tolerance, trust, confronting fears. The food is excellent and
caters for a large range of tastes. Accommodation is comfortable, bunk style
with separate boys and girls cabins.
is usually the flying fox, it is very long and you get a great view out over
the ocean and also the raft challenge, even though the waters are dark and
murky most students end up facing the challenge of building a raft as a team
endeavouring to get across to the other side without losing anyone.
Year 9 Camp
camp is held at the beautiful Noosa North Shore Retreat. How many school
students can say that their camp accommodation consisted of two bedrooms,
ensuite cabins, with kitchen and living room facilities? At least 125
Xaverians can! With meals prepared by qualified chefs, activities
provided by Total Adventures and great friends to spend time with, there’s
everything to love about camp – except coming home on Friday.
the week included surfing at Noosa North Shore, indoor rock climbing at the
Noosa Recreation Centre and Minute to Win It activities on the first
night. Students participate in valuable team building exercises.
The height activities are always challenging but fun for everyone.
Students are asked to work as a team to build tower out of milk crates and see
how high they could get before collapsing, to fling themselves off the “pamper”
pole, and to swing to great heights on the giant swing. On the final night
students compete in our famous Year Nine’s Got Talent Quest which is always a
lot of fun.
camp is considered a stepping stone between the relative comfort of Year Eight
camp, and students are well prepared and ready to face the wilderness
experience of the Year Ten camp.
Year 10 Camp
Year Ten students are required to step
outside their comfort zone and rough it at Glastonbury Creek, situated outside Gympie,
in an outdoor wilderness camp. The camp begins with students erecting their own
tent accommodation, a brief on how to use the bush camp showers and details on
washing-up duty. Once the house keeping is done, students complete a variety of
activities over the three days of camp, including mountain biking, canoeing,
rock climbing, bush navigation and raft building. While the activities are
challenging and tiring, you are left with a real satisfaction at having
mastered something you otherwise may never have even attempted. If the
activities don’t leave you a bit sore, you will no doubt be sore from laughing
as you watch other students slide through mud.
The serious side of the camp requires the students to
show high levels of responsibility and leadership; to work with other students,
college staff and instructors to make the most of each activity; to include and
encourage others and to create memories that will last for years.