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At every phase of the Bayview College journey our students are encouraged to step beyond the confines of the traditional classroom and experience learning in a range of contexts.

When stepping outside the gates of Bayview College, whether it be into the semi-wilderness or a range of urban landscapes, Bayview’s experiential learning activities provide our students with opportunities to:

  • be guided by their moral compass;
  • live out the School’s values when faced with uncertain and challenging situations; and,
  • consider and develop their capacity to work individually and with others in an independent, resilient, responsible, compassionate, creative and optimistic way.
  • Throughout their time at Bayview, every student has the opportunity to participate in a range of activities including incursions, excursions, outdoor education camps, retreats, international exchanges, the Great South West Challenge and Urban Camp experiences. Students also have the opportunity to experience life further afield with travel to a range of locations including, the Victorian Alps, Japan, and Vietnam.

Outdoor Education

In addition to the exposure to Outdoor Education through the Camps program, in the elective program and Health 7 Physical Education programs Bayview College students have the opportunity to makes extensive use of our magnificent Portland and surrounding areas, and includes the following:

  • Swimming, including our pool program, Harbour swim and Surfs Up program involving Surfs Lifesaving Bronze Medallion and Royal Lifesaving Bronze Medallion.
  • Bike Ed, including riding at Mt Clay and surrounding tracks.
  • Sport – Athletics and swimming and cross country competition
    • Inter House    Competitions against house groups in Bayview College.
    • Inter School   Competitions against local regional schools. (Portland, Heywood, Hamilton and Casterton).
    • SSV               School Sports Victoria. Regional competitions for schools throughout Victoria.


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The Current camp program includes:

Year 7 Three day Orientation Camp at Dunkeld at the beginning of the year. In this picturesque setting the students undertake a range of Outdoor Education and Team Building activities, are introduced to the College values, and commence the building of strong relationships that will have a positive impact on their learning activities when they return to school.

Year 8 Three day Adventure Camp at Pritchards Landing, Glenelg River. This camp provides students with the opportunity to learn camp craft, work at their cooperative abilities and explore part of their local environment which they may not be familiar with. Activities include bushwalking, canoeing, fishing & snorkelling.

Year 9 Four Day Urban Experience in the city of Melbourne. Staying in the heart of the city, students learn to navigate the public transport system, discover Melbourne’s creative sub-cultures as part of “Arts Connect” and learn what life is like for the homeless of the city. A visit to CERES provides students with insight to the sustainable food movement while a stopover at Werribee Zoo on the way home engages students in a conversation around saving Australia’s endangered species.

Year 10 Ten day Great South West Challenge. This challenge utilises skills in cycling, hiking and canoeing.  In this challenge students will complete the entire 250 KM Great South West Walk. Now in its 25th year running the GSWC has become something of a rite of passage among Bayview College students and marks the transition from Year 10 into VCE studies.

Year 11 Five day Ski Camp at Mt Hotham. Students have option of skiing or snowboarding while on camp. Lessons cater to carrying skill levels and enable students to have a rewarding snow experience.

Year 12 All students attend the Annual Careers Expo held in Melbourne and as part of this trip a series of visits to a range of Universities is undertaken.

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Each Year Students have an opportunity to either host a student from Osaka Nishi Senior High School, or to participate in an exchange trip to Japan. This wonderful program not only enables our students to further develop their mastery of Japanese, but also to get a taste of Japanese culture.

2016 was the first year of our Sister School relationship with Osaka Nishi Senior High School. We are now planning for our first visit to Osaka in September 2017 to further cement our sister school relationship.

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School with a Cause (SWAC) is an experiential learning opportunity designed to provide Bayview Year 12 students with an understanding of service. SWAC is held during the Term Two holidays exams and involves students spending nine days in Vietnam volunteering and learning in local community development projects as well as exploring the sights, sounds & flavours of Vietnam.

Through the program we hope to provide students with the chance to learn from the people and programs that their funding supports with the aim to inspire them to live, travel, and give more responsibly, as well as realize their own potential to create positive change. The program also provides students with renewed focus and commitment to their final semester of studies as they complete their secondary schooling.