Supporting Your Child

We know that for some students and parents, a visit to our school may be the first time your child has been away from home. While it’s an exciting time, it can also be a bit daunting. It’s completely normal for either or both of you to feel nervous and have questions about the experience.

Our staff are dedicated to ensuring your child is cared for while they are away. Here are some strategies that can support your child with their upcoming Rubicon experience:

  • Involve your child in the decision to spend time away from home. Taking part in even the smallest decisions can help them feel more confident and in control.
  • Discuss homesickness and offer some coping strategies they could use as a distraction, such as playing with friends, a game or sporting activity or writing in a diary. Remind your child they can always approach a friend or trusted teacher.
  • Encourage your child to imagine returning home and sharing stories with you. Use positive language, such as “You’ll have a great time and I can’t wait to hear about it.”
  • If it’s possible, involve your child in a practice away from home stay, such as a sleepover with family or friends, to try out some of these strategies.
  • Avoid using or suggesting phone contact as part of your child’s coping strategy, as this is not something they can easily do at Rubicon.
  • Explore this website together so your child understands where they’re going and what they’ll be doing.  
  • Discuss any concerns with your school and an attending teacher.
  • Members of our staff are also available to chat if you need to get in touch.

Support for all children

We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive and stimulating learning environment for all students. By working closely with our visiting schools, we identify and support students with diverse needs, including:

  • young carers
  • students in out of home care
  • LGBTQIA+ students
  • refugee students
  • students from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds
  • other minority groups.

We are able to respond flexibly to support all students in their learning at Rubicon, by:

  • serving food that meets the needs of our diverse community (including dietary requirements, food allergies and intolerances, diabetes, cultural and religious)
  • accommodating individual requirements and circumstances with respect to equipment and clothing
  • modifying our learning to accommodate student needs
  • Assisting families that need financial support to attend Rubicon.

For more information on student welfare, please contact us.

Getting ready for Rubicon

Here are three practical ways you can help your child prepare for their time at Rubicon.

1. Paperwork

All consent forms, medical forms and action plans must be completed and submitted four weeks before your child gets on the bus to Rubicon.

If you need to download any forms, you can find them here.

2. Packing 

Have a read of the packing list with your child. Check off what you can, then get creative. There’s no need to buy something just for Rubicon that may not be used again. You could borrow an item from a friend or family member or buy an item second-hand.

When it comes to specialised clothing and sleeping equipment, we have spares. Ask your child’s teacher to get in touch with our staff to see what’s available.

Everything your child packs could get dirty, wet and smelly, so leave out the nice clothes and expensive gadgets. Make sure all clothing is appropriate for an educational learning program outdoors in all kinds of weather.

3. Mental preparation 

At our school, we value exploration and adventure as an opportunity for meaningful learning. Encouraging your child to rest in preparation for the experience leads to the best outcomes and enables them to face challenging moments with a positive attitude.

Student safety

Emergency information

The safety of all students and staff at our school is of primary concern. We have many measures to ensure we are prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Extreme weather management and fire danger ratings

All Rubicon staff have in-depth knowledge of weather and conditions for the areas they teach in and adjust classes accordingly. If a Severe Weather Warning or Severe, Extreme or Code Red Fire Danger Rating is issued for our activity locations, alterations are made and, where required, communicated to the schools working with us.

The school maintains active monitoring of conditions via Emergency Management Victoria and accesses information in conjunction with emergency services. Regular monitoring of the Bureau of Meteorology data and communication with land and resource management authorities supports our rigorous approach to maintaining safe learning environments.

Emergency management plan

Rubicon’s Emergency Management Plan is regularly practised and annually reviewed in line with Department of Education and Training (DET) requirements.

Adventure activities

Rubicon uses outdoor environments and various adventure activities as our “classrooms”. As a DET school, we adhere to DET guidelines, regularly updated internal risk registers and activity management guidelines, localised for our specific geographical areas.