Caulfield Grammar School emphasises an experiential approach to learning.

Our Experiential Learning programs take students out of the classroom, giving learners the opportunity to extend themselves, develop practical skills and learn how to negotiate unfamiliar environments and situations. 

These programs are reviewed annually so that learning is responsive to the changing nature of society.

Year 9 Internationalism Program

The School’s Internationalism Program, based at its Nanjing Campus in China, sees Year 9 learners live and study in another country for five weeks.

Fostering socially responsible global citizens is a fundamental part of our school’s vision and the Internationalism Program provides a platform for learners to experience the diversity of our world.

The experiential learning that occurs in China allows learners to acquire many practical skills associated with living, learning and operating in an unfamiliar environment.

By immersing learners in another language and culture, the Internationalism Program can lead to unique opportunities for personal growth and enhanced global and self-awareness.

In establishing the international campus in Nanjing, China, Caulfield Grammar School selected a partner country (and Victoria’s sister province, Jiangsu Province) which will have a profound influence on the evolution of the global community in the coming century – politically, culturally and economically.

‘My time in China has seriously changed me as a person… If you had have told me I could survive and thrive living five weeks in an international city a year ago I would have laughed at you… but now I wish it had of been longer! It’s crazy how China also changed my mindset, now if I stumble across a challenge I stop and think, well what would I have done if I was in China.’

Sarah – Year 9 Caulfield Grammar School student

Around 400 Year 9 learners take part in the program in Nanjing, China each year.

In Nanjing, from our own purpose-built facility, learners undertake a structured program of interrelated themes: heritage, work, family, education and environment.

Key to this program are the links established with Nanjing Middle School (the high school affiliated with Nanjing Normal University) and the Shuren International School. These links provide our learners with opportunities to come to know Chinese learners and their families and to learn about the patterns of their daily lives. Learners also undertake excursions to Beijing, Shanghai and other sites of cultural importance in Jiangsu Province.

Education Outdoors

Experiential learning at Yarra Junction encourages real-life decision making, fosters positive risk-taking, aids the development of resilience and enhances community awareness.

When it opened in 1947, our Yarra Junction Campus was the first of its kind for any school in Australia. Today, it sets new trends for Education Outdoors.

With the Australian bush as a stunning backdrop, the Yarra Junction Campus is a special place that makes full use of its natural setting and extensive outdoor facilities.

It is a place where students can explore their natural environment and are challenged to consider the effect of their actions and lifestyle upon it.

From their first visit in early junior school, history shows that many fond memories are formed at the Yarra Junction Campus. Whether it’s their first eye-to-eye encounter with their adopted calf, the triumph of beating a personal challenge on the ropes course, or the sheer joy of experiencing the Australian bush from a canoe, the Yarra Junction Campus is a place to remember.

Building an understanding of the Australian environment and the future of sustainability

The students’ accommodation in eco cabins and Wadambawilam (the Wurundjeri term for learning place), are practical examples of building design and technology which minimise our impact on the environment. These buildings use solar and wind power to meet their electricity and hot water needs.

A diverse range of hands-on learning experiences are offered at Yarra Junction. From exploring the natural environment through Art, to scientific testing of water quality, to harvesting and preparing food from the vegetable garden, through to supporting the operations of the working dairy farm. Built into each encounter is the opportunity to reflect and ensure the learning is personalised and transferable for each student.

The programs on offer at Yarra Junction Campus are unique and are likely to have a profound effect on each student visiting – whether in the junior or secondary years.