Monday 17th - Thursday 20th October
Sixty Year 10 students from the Churchill Campus and Morwell Campus recently attended a four-day Melbourne Experience Camp.
Embarking from Morwell the students and six teachers traveled down on the V-Line train to Melbourne, the students arrived at Flinders Street Station and then caught a metro train to South Yarra. The students checked into The Hotel Claremont, droping their luggage off into their rooms before heading back into the city. After having lunch along Southbank the students visited the southern hemisphere’s highest observation deck, the Melbourne Skydeck. Taking in the city views from nearly 300 metres high some students even braved going out on the Edge which is a transparent glass cube that projects out from Melbourne Skydeck, leaving them suspended nearly 300 metres above the streets of Melbourne.
Later in the afternoon, the students then visited ArtVo, an immersive art gallery that currently features a fantasy theme, allowing the students to explore and interact with the ocean, polar ice caps, space and the forest exhibits.
Taking a tram the group travelled to Crown Casino Complex where the students had dinner, followed by a game of bowling and laser tag. Heading back to their accommodations, the students settled into their first night to prepare for another day filled of activities.
Up bright and early the students set out heading to the Graffiti Ally precinct on Hosier Lane, students took themselves on a self guided tour. The group then travelled through the city to the Old Melbourne Goal, where the students embarked on a guided tour which educated them of the of the time between 1842 and its closure in 1929 where the gaol was the scene of 133 hangings including Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bushranger Ned Kelly. The students gained an insight into what life was like for the men and women who lived and died there all those years ago.
After lunch, the group travelled back to their accomdation on South Yarra to freshen up and prepare for dinner and their night time activity. Students enjoyed a meal at the Pancake Parlor, and then headed to O’Brien Icehouse over on the Docklands where they partook in a 30-minute introductory skating and then had an hour of free skating time to refine and show off their skills.
Day 3 commence with the students traveling to Southbank DFOs where they had the opprtunity to shop the vast variety of retail factory outlets.
In the afternoon, the students visited Melbourne's iconic Princess Theatre where they viewed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Dinner was enjoyed at the Lion Hotel, an old English style pub in Melbourne Central. For their evening activity the students then headed to Hardrock Indoor Climbing. An Instructor ran through all the safety work the students, including how to put on a harness through and how to belay, before the students had the oppurtunity to attempt climbing the rock walls.
On the students’ final day, after enjoying breakfast in South Yarra at the SOS Café, the students headed to the Jam Factory Village Cinemas and watched the film Black Adam.
The students then caught a tram back into Melbourne, and departed from Flinders Street Station on the VLine train where they arrived back in the valley in the afternoon.