Learning at Ripponlea extends beyond our classrooms – students are immersed in a variety of incursions, excursions and camps that enable them to interact with a diverse range of people, cultures and settings to broaden their inquiry and learning experiences.
Incursions and excursions
Incursions and excursions are usually aligned to the inquiry unit that the students are exploring. For example, an inquiry on community may see the children take an excursion to the CBD, an inquiry on light means we may end up at Scienceworks, and an inquiry on living things may see us on a trip to the Zoo.
We also provide our students with some exciting incursions like gym, yoga, paddle boarding, dance, puppet shows and textile classes.
Our students are lucky to enjoy an annual school camp from Year 3 designed to enhance the educational, social and emotional learning they are undertaking at school. The children engage in a range of fun and challenging individual and group activities to encourage their independence and team work.
The camps alternate each year so our students have an opportunity to experience each unique location.
To prepare them for the new experience of camp, our Year 2 students have a special 'Big Night In', where they spend the night at school participating in a range of engaging activities with their teacher and peers.
Year 3/4 Camp:
Lake Dewar and Mount Evelyn Camp
Focus: Fun, adventure and character building
3 days, 2 nights
Year 5/6 Camp:
Cave Hill Creek (and Sovereign Hill)
Focus: Adventure, Australian history and character building
3 days, 2 nights
Focus: Government, citizenship and Australian history
5 days, 4 nights