Year 7 Camp - Click here for an insight into the Year 7 camp
Year 10 Pathway Getaway - Click here for more about Year 10 Pathways week
Prefects Camp - Click here to see what this entails
Year 11 Reflection Camp - Click here for more information
Year 12 Camp (Retreat) - Click here for more information
Year 7 Camp is held during the first term of school at Camp Clayton. Year 7 camp aims to build relationships between students, and between staff and students. It is aimed at enabling students to challenge themselves and to step outside their comfort zone. It is part of the St. Brendan- Shaw College transition of students into secondary school. Staff that attend camp are Year 7 teachers with preference given to the Year 7 core teachers. In 2016, students attended Camp Clayton for two nights of fun and adventure on the activities that are on offer there.
In order to better prepare our students for their future careers, the College undertakes to provide a range of experiences to help students with future decisions. In addition to undertaking Work Studies courses as part of the Curriculum, the students also have an overnight excursion to Hobart. Students explore a variety of career industries in Hobart, speak to industry professionals and of course have a little bit of fun! They visit locations such as: the Menzies Institute, Jane Franklin Hall, the Institute of Antarctic and Marine Studies, Parliament House, TAFE, UTAS, the Police Academy and Anglesea Barracks. Many students report positively of their trip and the College feels this is a very successful endeavour.
From 2015: "I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do at the start of the year. But after attending the Pathways week and visiting the Institute of Antarctic and Marine Studies, I now am pretty sure I want to be a Marine Biologist. I came back from Hobart motivated and researched the subjects required for the career, and picked my subjects for Year 11 and 12 accordingly. I have to say it really inspired me."
From 2015: "I enjoyed going to Hobart because I had a great time with my friends! I enjoyed the visits and hearing from industry professionals, but more than anything else I loved spending time with such a big group of friends. I made new friends as well - we're a closer group now."
Pathways & Careers Coordinator
The Prefects go on a weekend camp every year after they are elected to discuss and meet about their goals for the new year. The camp reflects teamwork, leadership and gives the students a look into managing and coordinating for the long term.
The Year 11 Leadership Camp (Tir na nOg) and Year 12 Retreat are held simultaneously. Year 11 Camp is an overnight stay at the Riverbend Youth Centre in Smithton. The Camp challenges Year 11 students to consider themselves as leaders in the College community and encourages reflection of what they understand leadership to be. The Camp's name, Tir na nOg, comes from the story and journey of Irish Saint, Saint Brendan, after whom the College is named.
The Year 11 Leadership Camp and Year 12 Retreat are held simultaneously. The Year 12 Retreat is held over three days and two nights at Camp Clayton in Ulverstone. The Retreat is called 'The Road Ahead'. On the Retreat the students reflect upon the journey that has led them to where they are now; where and who they are at the moment; and who, where and what they want to be, go and do in the future and what tools they have to help them on that journey.
The Retreat is a highlight of the students' time at St Brendan-Shaw College and serves as the beginning of the end of their journey at St Brendan-Shaw College. It is an experience not to be missed.