Explore the great outdoors at Mazenod College

The aims of outdoor education at Mazenod are many. We aim to aid in the personal growth of our students as they progress from boy to young man during their years at the college.

We seek to educate them in so far as they are exposed to a range of skills and experiences outside their everyday lives. We seek to provide them with recreational and fitness opportunities that they may wish to pursue in the future.

Our programs allow the students the opportunity to reflect on the environment in a positive manner as well as encouraging them to push personal limits and learn the benefits of goal setting. We believe that outdoor education is an effective tool for the development of self-esteem and a ‘community first’ attitude.

We find that these programs in the outdoors complement the colleges’ academic sporting and cultural programs and represent a valuable set of experiences for our students.


The aim is the development of relationships and aid in the transition of boys from primary school to secondary school. The students are grouped in their class groups as they rotate through activities. They are accommodated with classmates and are encouraged to broaden their friendship groups.

Runs in the first month of school.

  • Group ‘icebreaker’ games
  • Rafting
  • Canoeing
  • High ropes/initiatives/commando course
  • Bushwalking
  • Swimming
  • Night mine tour at Walhalla Long Tunnel Mine

Activity Days – Program runs in Term 1 and Term 4.

  • Indoor rock climbing days
  • Snorkelling days at Portsea
  • Horse riding days at Cape Schanck
  • Adventure activities – Giant swing and rock climbing walls.

Year 9 students are at an age where the rigours of classroom life can seem endless and difficult. We schedule three experiences for this group to cater for their developing maturity and need for self-discipline. The program runs in Terms 1 , 3 and Term 4.


1. Surf camp at Phillip Island or Inverloch – (term 1) 2 days

  • Surfing
  • Camping

2. City Day – (Term 3). Independent travels in the Melbourne CBD. Students are assigned structured tasks to complete along the way.

3. Adventure Camps in term 4 to a variety of locations.

  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Bushwalking
  • Rafting
  • Abseiling
  • Fly fishing
  • River sledding
  • Bush survival
  • Alternative 1 week Canberra tour

Program runs in Term 1. The program takes the form of an Outdoor Education week in which students rotate through two Outdoor experiences and leadership.

  • Driver Education Days – students learn to drive with registered driving schools on private roads
  • Surf camps at Inverloch and Phillip Island
  • Camping
  • Surf kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Caving
  • River sledding
  • Melbourne City kayaking