Another massive week on camp, Tuesday 11 February- Friday 14th, with the biggest cohort to boot. 133 Year 12 students signed up for the camp this year, helping to make it an incredibly valuable four days away.

While the group was together on Day 1, visiting Monash Clayton and Vic Uni, Footscray together, most of the group also stayed together to visit the University of Melbourne and RMIT, City together as well. Session three of day two allowed students to choose from a wide range of smaller universities, TAFE providers and smaller independent Colleges, from hair and makeup to the automotive industry.

On the Thursday, students selected from a wide range of options for Session 1 in the morning, and Session 2 in the afternoon, but groups of 30 students or more visited Swinburne, Hawthorne and ACU, Fitzroy.

Students learnt all about life on campus, how to apply to be a student, whether through ATAR or interview, what support is available, what scholarships to apply for, and what the dates are for Access and Open Days.

A group of 13 students from both VCAL and VCE came with me to visit the Epping and Fairfield campuses of Melbourne Polytechnic, with Rachel Metelmann taking students on tours to visit the Building Design, Agriculture, Music, Sound Production and Graphic Design faculties. Students learnt all about the Diploma, Certificate and Degree courses; and how to transition between these whether coming from VCAL or VCE.

On Wednesday night the cohort were taken to the Victoria Market Night Market, and on the Thursday night they were taken to Cinema Nova to see ‘Jo Jo Rabbit’, a satirical take on the Nazi party from a Jewish perspective.

Students and staff were exhausted by the end of each day, and after an attempt to get students to bed early for the final day of camp, Friday came. Students were taken on separate tours of the Deakin Burwood Campus, and while the tour was informative, students had probably had enough of walking around by that stage.

A big four days with plenty of spare time and down time for students, but lots of walking, more than students imagine they are going to do, despite lots of reminders by staff who have been on these tours before.

Thanks to an amazing team to help make this camp run as effectively and smoothly as it did: Phil Hughes; Genevieve Manhal; Penny Morris; Peter Epifano; Allan McMahon, Taryn Bould, and our new members of staff, Harry Wykes, Gemma Dellamina and Steven Boon. And thanks to Malcolm Beasley not only for running the Art Tour on Thursday, but for all of his work of putting the selection process onto Moodle for students to select from.

Thanks also to all of the students who attended to make this another memorable Tertiary Camp.

Antonio Castello
Year 12 Coordinator.