About the School

“Empowering students to develop lifelong positive growth”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.”

Rubicon Outdoor School is a residential outdoor school operated by the Department of Education and Training (DET) working with secondary school aged students.

Rubicon acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respect to those elders past and present, and the emerging and future leaders of those peoples.

Rubicon delivers Victorian Curriculum-based educational programs to Victorian government schools. Teaching and learning occur primarily in outdoor spaces, both onsite at the campuses and offsite. The outdoor spaces provide a teaching environment that enables high levels of student engagement and authentic learning experiences.

A strong focus on modelling sustainable and well-being practices and strategies are foundational to student learning as well as empowering students to develop beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours that will lead to life-long positive growth. Students achieve success through a customised learning journey within a small community, living in a healthy, happy, and safe environment.

Rubicon operates as an integral component of DET and shares across its students, staff, councillors and community, the cultures of Mutual Respect, Attentive Listening, Appreciations, and the Right to Pass.

Rubicon comprises two campuses: Thornton Campus is located in the picturesque Rubicon Valley approximately 100 km north-east of Melbourne, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. The Nayook Campus, located near Neerim Junction at the foot of Mt Baw Baw, is approximately 100 km east of Melbourne in a bush setting.

Rubicon is a member of the Residential Outdoor Schools Association (ROSA). Comprising seven campuses across the state, ROSA schools work to provide affordable, high-quality educational programs Victorian state government school students.

Child Safety

Rubicon is committed to being a Child Safe organisation and embedding a Child Safe culture into our practices and processes to ensure that all children who attend the School are safe at all times.

All children, regardless of their gender, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, sexual orientation, family or social background have equal rights to protection from abuse. Rubicon is committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

Rubicon has zero tolerance for child abuse and all staff employed by Rubicon are responsible for the care and protection of the children within our care and to report information about suspected child abuse.

Rubicon has a Child Safe policy which exists to provide a framework to ensure Rubicon is able to ensure all reasonable steps are taken so that students are safe from sexual abuse and can feel safe at all times.

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Our Locations

Nayook Campus

Thornton Campus

About ROSA

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With seven campuses across the state, the ROSA schools provide affordable high-quality educational programs for the DET (Department of Education and Training) schools that empower their students to develop beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours that will lead to sustainable living. Students achieve success through a unique personalised learning journey within a community living in a healthy, happy and safe environment.

Find out more about ROSA .


Solar Power Production:

Rubicon has a photovoltaic power system that has been producing since the 17th of May 2008.

Yearly power production totals:

  • 2009 – 2777 kWh
  • 2010 – 2693 kWh
  • 2011 – 2671 kWh
  • 2012 – 2724 kWh
  • 2013 – 2642 kWh
  • 2014 – 2559 kWh
  • 2015 – 2538 kWh
  • 2016 – 2163 kWh
  • 2017 – 2175 kWh
  • 2018 – 2087 kWh

Monthly power production for 2019:

  • January – 259 kWh
  • February – 225 kWh
  • March – 198 kWh
  • April – 163 kWh
  • May – 86 kWh
  • June – 91 kWh
  • July – 78 kWh
  • August – 114 kWh
  • September – 171 kWh
  • October – 220 kWh

Green Purchasing Initiatives:

  • All photocopy/printer paper is 100% recycled.

  • Continued purchasing of One Planet over-gear which is heavy duty and long lasting.

  • Staff-issue jackets from Patagonia who have very high sustainability, workforce ethics and fair trade practices throughout the company.

Other Sustainability Initiatives:

  • Tree planting day with Beaufort and Stawell Secondary Colleges.

  • Replaced 15 120w fluorescent light fittings with 3w LED fittings as a trial and are looking at continuing this roll-out over the whole school.

  • Meat free Monday for student’s first night at camp with associated research and presentation tasks for students.

  • New blinds installed in office increasing insulation and shading.

  • New energy efficient heaters for the main dorms.

  • Solar hot water service for the kitchen.

  • Working on the energy module of the ResourceSmart program.