e-news May 2011

Welcome to another mid year edition of Urban Camp news.

For teachers establishing activity lists for our programming staff to book, the following suggested venues might be of interest.




With term two in full swing, Karen is doing a wonderful job stepping up as Patrick is enjoying a well deserved long service leave.  Geraldine has been busy working on a sustainability program with ResourceSmart schools and has attended their four day training.  A new sustainable action plan is being finalized for camp with new initiatives looming. Stay tuned for more details.  George is busy doing what he does best – preparing delicious roast chicken, baked pasta and those scrumptious roast potatoes.  Vietnamese walks have been popular this term with Cara sharing a Little Saigon market experience with a number of school groups.  Jenny and Carole, busy with breakfast and lunch preparations have also updated their Senior First Aid. 



Groups at Camp

We would like to welcome the following new members to the Urban Camp Co-Operative.


Schools: Cobram Special School, Elphinstone Primary School, Elliminyt Primary School, Ellinbank Primary School, Gordon Education Centre, Gunbower Primary School, Katunga South Primary School, Kilsyth Primary School, Orbost Secondary College, Tathra Primary School, Trafalgar Primary School   


Community Groups: Care Connect, The Mirabel Foundation, Keystone Disability Service  




Polly Woodside

The refurbished Polly Woodside has re-opened with exciting new interactive programs.  Programs such as Blow the Man Down!, Ship-Shape and Ready to Sail and Virtual Voyage 1895 are targeted for each year level and offer students a hands on approach to explore what life on board was like. Activities that engage the group include raising the anchor, ringing the bell, using a telescope - all characteristic of a role of a crew member.  After a tailored staff led program, groups also have the opportunity to explore the Polly Woodside gallery and view a voyage film.  A two hour visit is recommended, as well as additional time to explore the iconic Southbank area.  Book into the Melbourne Aquarium on the same day and receive a $1 per student discount. 

Cost: $7 per student (with Aquarium $6)


For Booking Enquires: Phone 8663 7260.


Photos: Courtesy of Polly Woodside






















Camp Programs

Visiting Melbourne for a multi-cultural experience?  Check out the following example program.


Immigration Museum

The Immigration Museum is a great place to start a multi-cultural journey and explore stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia.  The Passport Program for grade 5,6 students or the Pack Your Bags program for grade 3,4 students are popular museum staff led programs.  Students receive their own activity based ‘passport’ and ‘miniature suitcase’ to take home as a fun learning resource and souvenir. 

$4.40 per student + $11 booking fee.


Studying a particular culture or looking at material to use for students prior to camp or in classroom learning?  Check out the following fantastic videos from the Immigration Museum past exhibitions, cultural festivals and how to videos such as making a Vietnamese Kite.  http://museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/discoverycentre/video-activities/



Islamic Council of Victoria

Sessions for primary school students our lead by volunteer guides and include a dress up activity, quiz and role play.   Feedback has been positive from past schools with repeat visits.  Gold coin donation. 



Vietnamese Walk

Tasting food from other cultures, hearing other languages and interacting with others is a great way to explore another culture.  Through an Urban Camp led walk to one of Melbourne’s most diverse suburbs explore Vietnamese culture on route to the Little Saigon markets where students complete team activities.   

$2 per student

Chinese and Buddhist Culture

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery located in central Melbourne, offers a fantastic new hands on excursion program.  Groups can participate in activities such as calligraphy, origami, Tai Chi, a traditional tea ceremony and games. The 2.5 hour program includes a guided tour of the Gallery, an introduction to Chinese and Buddhist culture by the resident Reverend, a morning or afternoon tea and two of the above listed activities.  Cost $7.00 per student.



CERES Community Environment Park: Africa Program

Explore African cultures direct from African tutors.  Programs to choose include drumming, dancing, village activities (such as mud brick making), celebrations (such as traditional marriage celebrations) and games and water collection.  Content can vary slightly depending on whether the presenter is male or female and what part of Africa they are from. Cost $10.00-$18.00 per student depending on number of activities and duration. Minimum numbers apply.
















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