Experience and challenge are fundamental to learning and at Geelong College a range of programs that aim to immerse students in diverse environments, cultures, experiences and ways of learning are offered.
These programs offer students choices regarding their own experiences and how they wish to learn which, we believe, enhances their level of learning. Students are also personally challenged to experience how others live, understand difference and diversity, and to embrace opportunities to make a difference.
Through an extensive excursion, incursion and camps program students have numerous opportunities to build relationships with their peers, teachers and the school community, to challenge themselves personally and physically and develop skills and knowledge in a broad range of areas.
Students explore different cultures and communities through subject disciplines, interdisciplinary projects and incredible immersion experiences like Fulfilling Lives in Year 10 and City Week in Year 9.
Students have opportunities to visit many countries and cultures throughout their time at the College. Through these experiences they consolidate and extend learning in particular subject areas.
Study tours to the volcanoes and glaciers of New Zealand, the revolutionary capitals of Paris and St Petersburg and the classical cities of Athens and Rome, bring Geography and History to life. Cultural exchanges through sport and to our sister schools in France, China, Thailand and Japan also help students to develop an understanding of the global nature of our world.
The Geelong College Exploration Society began as the Ramblers Guild in the 1930’s; before being formerly established in 1947 as an outcome of the College trip to Mt Conner in Central Australia.
Soon after its formation, members of the Exploration Society completed the first successful climb of Federation Peak in Tasmania in 1949. In 1961 an expedition to the Flinders Ranges was notable for the erection of a cairn at the derelict town of Beltana to commemorate the Smith of Dunesk Mission and the work of former Principal, Reverend Francis Rolland before his appointment to the School. The Exploration Society continues today, and in keeping with its origins offers opportunities for research, flora and fauna preservation, leadership, as well as genuine adventures for College students.
Most years the Exploration Society walk remote destinations encountering fascinating wildlife, geography and culture. Some of the most recent Expeditions include: Federation Peak (Tas), Strzelecki Desert (Vic/NSW/SA), Bibbulmun Track (WA), Kokoda Track (PNG) and The Larapinta Trail (NT).