Camp Information

Kindy –Year 1 Camp

These camps are in the form of a one day excursion to a variety of Southwest tourist attractions. The excursions are based on the interests of the students and the curriculum being taught in the classroom. They seek to encourage independence, fun and confidence, whilst promoting local knowledge. Examples are the Yallingup Maze, Wonky Windmill Farm, Busselton Jetty and Observatory and Bunbury Dolphin Centre.

Year 2 Camp

This is a one night camp which is based at school. Students arrive in the evening, have dinner and participate in a variety of entertaining activities, followed by a sleep over in the Resource centre. The following day students spend the day at a chosen Southwest attraction. The program seeks to promote independence and self-management skills, all while having fun and building friendships amongst classmates.

Year 3 Camp

This is a one night Camp, based in Busselton at one of the ‘Holy Mile’ campsites along Caves Road.  The program seeks to build friendships and self-esteem through a variety of activities within the vicinity of Busselton. These include an introduction to surfing, archery, the Underwater Conservatory and a variety of team building activities.

Year 4 Camp

Like the Year 3 Camp, this is a one-night camp, which is based in Bridgetown. The Bridgetown Camp School is run by the Department of Education and provides a variety of learning opportunities and experiences in a real world context that are not available in the school setting.

The camp builds on the Year 3 experiences and seeks to promote self-management skills, interpersonal skills, self-esteem and a sense of values. There are a variety of activities offered; these include orienteering, papermaking and juggling.

Year 5 Camp

This is a two-night camp, based at the Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup. Students are accommodated in dormitory style accommodation. The activities are run by Dwellingup Adventures and are generally more physical than in Year 3 and Year 4, with the emphasis on participation and enjoyment.

The program seeks to build confidence in each individual and to promote cooperation and communication through a mix of challenging, contemplative and educational activities. These include raft building, flying fox, low ropes and team games, all taking place in an attractive bush setting.

Year 6 Camp

This three-day/two-night camp, based in Perth at one of the Department of Sport and Recreation’s campgrounds is a wonderful climax to the Junior School Outdoor Education experience. The camp exposes students to a variety of educational and cultural experiences, alongside some more physical activities that seek to extend and challenge the individual.

The students spend the morning at SciTech, before having lunch and experiencing the War Memorial in Kings Park. With dormitory and tent accommodation available at the campground, students may have the opportunity to erect and take down their own tents. The activities are run by the Department of Sport and Recreation and include climbing wall, orienteering, surf-rescue activities and team games.

Year 7 Camp

As a student in their first year of secondary school, this camp is designed with a team building focus in mind where students have the opportunity to build relationships and confidence through challenging and enjoyable experiences. Students are lodged in dormitories at St Mary’s Metricup, which is also where the outdoor education workshop and activities are based.

The first day hike along the picturesque south west coast is guided by Cape to Cape Explorers including knowledgeable guides who stop along the way to educate students with historical and scientific stories. The following two days are run by Dekked Out Adventures where the activities range from individual and team based challenges with the final day focus on water based activities.

Year 8 Camp

The Year 8 students travel to Hamelin Bay Caravan Park for their outdoor educational experience – Hamelin Wildfire.  The purpose of the camp is to promote leadership and teambuilding skills whilst learning about the biodiversity of South West Western Australia flora and fauna. 

Cape to Cape Explorers assist with the camp and deliver a diverse program that educates students about the Hamelin Bay area whilst allowing them to further develop relationships with others as well as their environment. The range of activities throughout the camp includes tenting skills, hiking, mountain biking, surfing and caving.

Year 9 Canberra Tour

The GMAS Canberra tour is a wonderful opportunity for all Year 9 students to visit and explore our nation’s capital city. The tour is highly educational with an itinerary that is full of very diverse opportunities and activities to suit the National Curriculum and all students. 

Established as part of the Australian Federation in 1901, Canberra is home to National Parliament, Federal Government departments, the High Court of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, the Australian Institute of sport and several other important institutions. Throughout the tour, students visit these and many other attractions in Canberra, completing the tour with a day trip to Sydney exploring the historical Rocks area and the Sydney Harbour.

Year 10 Camp

The Year 10 camp is based in Albany at Camp Quaranup. The camp is predominately undertaken outdoors, with students involed in a number of activities that will see them challenged, inspired and immersed in nature. Some of the activities planned include outdoor lasewr tag, surfing, canoeing, hiking, orienteering and a visit to the Tree Top Walk in Denmark. Accomodation is in dormitory beds and all food is catered for at the camp. 

During this time, students are encouraged to become 'screen free' for the entire duration. This means that all mobile phones, laptops, electronic games and portable devices are to be left at home. If students are found to have these they will be confiscated for the duration of the camp.

Year 11 Camp

The Year 11 students embark on the GMAS PRIDE camp (Perth Race for Independence, Discovery and Education) which is loosley based around the television show The Amazing Race. The aim of this camp is to develop each student's independence and education in and around Perth. Each student will be part of a group of 8 or 9 and will need to work together in order to find clues and solve challenges as they travel throughout the Perth suburbs.

Students will need to budget the money they are given for the camp. They will receive lunch and trasnport money at the start of the week and will need to manage it each day themselves or as a group.

No electronic devices are allowed at any time on the camp and these must be left at home.

Year 12 Retreat  "Step Up"

The Year 12 retreat is different to any of the other camps at GMAS.  The “step up” retreat looks at our relationship with ourselves, our relationships with others and life beyond school.
On retreat there is lots of time for talking to each other, be it in small groups with a facilitator, or gathered as a whole group in a large space to converse and share experiences with those around you. 

It's a time to get to know different people from your year group, and a time to step up in to adulthood. The atmosphere of being in New Norcia creates a calmness and a complete break from the normality of school and the busyness of Year 12 (and all the challenges that this brings), enabling us to consider the bigger picture of our lives and reflect upon the choices we make.  There is always lots of laughter and friendship, and fun.