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Camps and Tours

​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

Year 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

In Term 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.

There 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.

They 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. 

Year 7 Camp

Year 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.

At 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.

At 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.
Activities 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.
The highlight 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

Year Nine 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.

Highlights of 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.

Year Nine 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.