School Camps at The Old Priory

Adventure, exploration, learning — everything that a school camp should offer.

Welcome to The Old Priory, Victoria's favourite school camp venue, located in beautiful Beechworth, North East Victoria.

For more than 30 years The Old Priory has hosted students of all ages from across Victoria and New South Wales.

What makes The Old Priory unique?

Steeped in history, the former convent is a building that boasts old charm and beauty. Combined with clean, fresh facilities and unique and engaging learning programs we ensure an enriching and exciting experience for each student that stays with us.

Experience has shown us over the years that a school camp is among the most memorable experiences of a student’s school life.

The feedback we have received repeatedly during our time as school camp operaters, is that The Old Priory is warm and welcoming and the staff are flexible and willing to cater to the individual needs of each school group. The staff work tirelessly on every aspect of your camp from creating an itinerary packed with exciting and fun activities, to nutritious and tasty meals, to ensuring all facilities are clean and comfortable.

We employ a fully qualified chef who delivers a menu that is delicious, hearty and healthy. We can also cater to special dietary requirements.

All facilities at The Old Priory are located under one roof, which makes it easy and straightforward to co-ordinate and organize the daily routine and provides a safe environment for students and teachers.

The Old Priory is centrally located, within the town, which enables easy access to the town attractions.

There are stunning gardens for use all-year round including barbecue facilities.

In winter we have wood fires burning which create a cosy and relaxing atmosphere.

We truly want you to feel that The Old Priory is a home away from home.

The Old Priory is a fully accredited ACA establishment.

 

 

 

What does The Old Priory Offer?

History

AusVels link - Primary and Junior Secondary History

Beechworth is well-known for it's connection to the Kelly Gang and the story of the infamous Bushranger, Ned Kelly, arguably one of the most famous Australians to have lived. 

It is also one of Victoria's most prosperous towns in the time of the Gold Rush.

These significant periods of our history, form part of the current History AusVELS curriculum framework. At The Old Priory, we offer your students the opportunity to action their learning through a comprehensive and fun-filled camp package. They can experience first-hand some of the places, artefacts and people associated with these important periods of our Australian History. Fun and learning hand in hand!

We have tailored packages available for these camps.

Drama, music and Art

Aus Vels link - Primary and Secondary Arts

In the early days of  The Old Priory, when it operated as a school, it was well-known for it's music and drama programs. Many former students fondly remember performances in the "Concert Hall" . This room still exists today. It is complete with a stage and large space for audience seating. We can also arrange sound and lighting facilities if required. This creates a perfect setting for music, drama or dance camps. There are many other break-out rooms available for rehearsals and workshops.

Retreats, Discovery Program, Orientation and Transition 

Aus Vels Link - Interpersonal and Personal learning - Middle and Senior Secondary

We know that school camps provide the ultimate environment for development and growth in the areas of personal and interpersonal learning. The students and teachers form and develop their relationship with one another and discover and grown within themselves.
The Old Priory lends itself beautifully to this aspect of the camp experience. We have a number of rooms both small and large which suit small and whole group activities. We also have stunning gardens which are available for use whenever weather permits and our central location allows for easy access to town attractions and activities if needed.

We can also provide data projectors and whiteboards for sessions.

The Great Outdoors

AusVels Link - Secondary Outdoor Education

Beechworth is located in one of the most stunning parts of our country. It provides many opportunities for outdoors activities that will stimulate and invigorate your students. The Rail Trail bike ride, endless bushwalks and adventure activities all within close reach.

 

Action-packed adventure, easy-going exploration or relaxing retreat. Whatever the tempo of your school camp, The Old Priory will package an experience to delight.

We'd love to give you and your students a camp you will all remember for a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

Packages

Base package

Includes

  • Clean, comfortable accommodation – 4 dormitories, 12 bunk rooms and individual rooms for teachers
  • Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea, Dinner and supper every day.
  • Full use of The Old Priory facilities which include

       - fully equipped dining rooms

       -Relaxing reading room with board games, music, TV and DVD and                          

        comfortable lounges.

      -Rejuvenating recreation room with table tennis tables, movie facilities, disco

       equipment, and an open fire.

      -Social courtyard offering 3 BBQ’s, outdoor seating and shady sun  

       umbrellas.

We will also include the following in-house activities

  • Movie night on the big screen.
  • Disco/karaoke night – we will provide a DJ for the disco
  • Town discovery walk – with a ready make quiz for students to complete.

Excludes Transport costs. We are happy to arrange your transport but it will incur an extra fee based on the proximity to Beechworth and number of Students.

Tailored Packages

Strike Gold! 

(3 or 4 day camp)

Includes

  • Base Package
  • Transport costs 
  • An itinerary designed to give the students a Gold Rush experience.

Kelly Gang Camp

(3 or 4 day camp)

Includes

  • Base Package
  • Transport costs
  • An itinerary designed to give the students a taster of the life of Ned Kelly.

A Step Back In Time

(5 day camp)

Includes

  • Base package
  • Transport costs
  • An itinerary designed to give the students a taste of the Gold Rush, The History of Ned Kelly and the old-style character of the town.

Ned Kelly Adventure Tours

A full immersion into the world of Ned Kelly, guided and co-ordinated by the passionate and knowledgable Matt Shore.

Includes

  • Base package
  • Transport 
  • Full itinerary

We will work for you...

If you require a customised itinerary that is different to the packages we offer, we are happy to work with you to create the camp you want. Just let us know what you are looking for and we can plan your camp for you.

We will provide a customised quote for this package.

 

Coming Soon...

We are currently working on developing new and exciting programs for 2016.

Here is a taster of what is to come...

- Produce to Platter seasonal food camps

- Dance and Drama programs

- Holiday Programs

- Personal Development Programs..

- Winter Wonderland snow camps

-Sustainable food and living education camps

 

 

 

Testimonials

Over the past several years, our School Music Rehearsal Camps have been held at The Old Priory, Beechworth. The location of the venue in respect to ease of getting there from Melbourne is ideal, an easy transport drive from our school. 

The real asset of the venue is that it is totally indoors. If the weather is inclement, there are no wet or muddy shoes and clothing to deal with. The indoor areas are spacious so students never get cramped if weather keeps them inside. The numerous rehearsal rooms are large and acoustically generous. The close proximity (3 minute walk) the town of Beechworth gives great respite from the intense nature of music rehearsals. 

The food and meal breaks are excellent, great ‘home made’ morning and afternoon snacks for the students and staff and no special dietary requirement is ever too much to cater for: Diabetic, Coeliac, Vegetarian or Vegan, Halal and no Pork requests have never been an issue. The students always comment on the great food. For senior students who need to complete there are very good study areas to isolate. 

The most important thing always is the venue staff, the staff at The Old Priory are always available and always helpful to any requests that you make of them. I fully endorse this venue if you are looking for a great country music rehearsal camp venue. 

Stephen Carpenter - Head of Music
The Ridgeway Campus, Ivanhoe Grammar School  



The staff at the Old Priory are friendly, helpful, organised and take care of the many options available during the camp.  Nothing is too much trouble for any of the staff, who are welcoming and very professional!

Bookings for excursions from the camp site are managed by the staff.  Students are cared for with regard to special dietary means and nothing is too much trouble.  The town's folk are extremely hospitable and the weather is always GREAT!!

Greg Pollock
Murummbeena Primary School

 




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