Camps and excursions are a thoroughly enjoyable and valuable component of the integrated curriculum. The camping program includes:
Children share breakfast together in their pyjamas prior to the school day commencing. They are given a variety of breakfast foods – cereals, toast and fruit. The Grade 6 leaders assist to serve the children breakfast.
The aim of this program is to introduce an aspect of the Camping Program to the children. They are required to bring their tooth brush and toothpaste to brush their teeth at school, wash their dishes after breakfast and change into their school uniform, ready for the school day ahead.
GRADE 1 DINNER
As part of the H.P.S Camping Program all year 1 students have the opportunity to attend our grade 1 dinner. The dinner is an exciting activity for the children and they look forward to this special occasion each year.
Students create their own placemats at school prior to the dinner to reinforce the children’s responsibility and ownership of the dinner. On the night there is an emphasis on teamwork and cooperation. Students participate in group-orientated games and share pizza and fruit together as a group.
The dinner is a continuation of our Camping Program and builds on the foundations for the future.
GRADE 2 SLEEPOVER
Grade 2 Sleepover is a very exciting Friday night for the children in Grade 2. Sleepover is the next step in our camping program and gives all children the opportunity to interact with their peers, and teachers outside of the classroom setting.
The night begins with sign in, then each child setting up their sleeping bag on the floor in either the Library or Room 4. After that it’s pizza in the hall, followed by group games like the chocolate game, musical chairs, Grade 2 mural and celebrity head. Next on the agenda is fresh fruit and warm milo in the staffroom. After supper it’s time to prepare for bed and settle down for the night – lights out 9:00pm.
Pick up on Saturday is 7:30am; where children are signed out into the care of their parents.
Every year we take the students in grade three and four on a three day school camp. We alternate between the bush and the beach. CYC is located on Phillip Island where the children participate in a variety of activities, some of these include; archery, climbing wall and cooking damper.
Camp Gundiwindi, near Healsville gives our students the opportunity to explore the bush. Night walks, toasting marshmallows, telling stories by the campfire, bush dancing, these are just a few of the activities that the children get to experience. The giant swing, as much as it is feared and as scary as it seems is by far the most popular.
All the activities are educational and are designed to develop independence, build social skills and promote team spirit in a fun and enjoyable way.
Every second year the Grade 5/6 students and teachers from Heidelberg Primary School attend Camp Kangaroobie, located close to the Great Ocean Road in Princetown. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a range of experiences on this fantastic camp such as canoeing, an obstacle course, a bush game exploring herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and feeding cows, while exploring the farm where we are camping. We also have the chance to hike to a nearby beach and river where we spend the day relaxing. All who have attended Camp Kangaroobie agree that the food provided is very enjoyable and filling.
Sovereign Hill Camp
In 2013 the Grade 5/6 students and teachers attended Sovereign Hill Camp for the first time. We all agreed that the camp was a fantastic experience that allowed the students the chance to learn a great deal about the history of Ballarat and life on the goldfields. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a game where they were mining for gold. We also had the chance to watch a confectionary making demonstration, gold smelting and candle dipping. The students learnt a great deal about the Eurake stockade while attending the light and sound show ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’. We all had the opportunity to pan for gold.