About Us

Who we are

We’re an outdoor, multi-campus residential school operated by the Department of Education and Training (DET) working with secondary school students. We’re proud to have continually delivered rigorous and innovative curriculum in partnership with other Victorian government schools for over 40 years.

Our Thornton Campus is located on Taungurung country whilst our Nayook campus is located on country that a number of First Nations cultural groups have strong connections to, including Gunai Kurnai, Wurundjeri and Bunurong.

Whilst our work finds us travelling through and connecting with a wide variety of Koorie Nations and language groups, we appreciate the legacy that the First Nations people of these areas hold today.

Our vision 

“Empowering people to develop lifelong, positive growth.” 

Our mission

We do this through, “The provision of programs that develop an enhanced understanding of self and others, and the skills required to contribute to a positive community and sustainable environment.” 

What we do

Through developing integrated outdoor education experiences, we empower young people to develop the skills for positive growth. This learning fosters a deeper understanding of self and others, supported by the skills to contribute to a positive community and sustainable environment.

We do this by working alongside partner schools, either short term or across multiple years, where we jointly develop a detailed understanding of the culture, cohort, and educational objectives of that school.

Through this collaboration, we provide students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful learning in alternative contexts. In teaching students in natural environments and providing opportunities for challenge, we promote high levels of student engagement. Being teachers ourselves, we recognise that what is learnt today can be applied tomorrow.