School Camps at The Priory
Adventure, exploration, learning — everything that a school camp should offer.
Welcome to The Priory, Victoria's favourite school camp venue, located in beautiful Beechworth, North East Victoria.
For more than 32 years The Priory has hosted students of all ages from across Victoria and New South Wales.
What makes The Priory unique?
Steeped in history, the former convent is a building that boasts 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 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 creating an itinerary packed with exciting and fun activities, nutritious and tasty meals and ensuring our facilities are clean and comfortable.
We employ qualified chefs who delivers a menu that is delicious, hearty and healthy. We have aligned ourselves with Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia and FODMAPS program from Monash University wheh we preparing for special dietary requirements.
All facilities at The Priory are located under one roof, which makes it easy and straightforward to co-ordinate and organize the daily routine and provide a safe, dry environment for students and teachers. We are centrally located within the historic gold town, walking distance from most town attractions.
There are stunning gardens and barbecue facilities for use all-year round.
The Priory is accredited with ATAP the peak accreditation body for School Camp facilities.
Our staff want you to feel that The Priory is a home away from home.
What does The Priory Offer?
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.
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 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 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
School camps provide the ultimate environment for development and growth in the areas of personal and interpersonal learning and The Priory lends itself beautifully to this aspect of the camp experience. We have a number of recreational rooms both small and large which suit a wide range of group activities. We also have stunning gardens available for use and our central location allows for easy access to town attractions and activities.
We can also provide data projectors and whiteboards for training sessions and conferences.
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.
Sustainability - Greener Grass Collective
As a result of collaboration between The Priory & Greener Grass Collective we have introduced a Sustainability Program, bringing fresh learning opportunities, expanding upon the current offering of Historical & Cultural Educational Camps.
Greener Grass is a thoughtfully-constructed school camp program, offering students the opportunity to have a hands-on experience, learning about the importance of our environment and focusing on sustainable food production.
Action-packed adventure, easy-going exploration or relaxing retreat. Whatever the tempo of your school camp, The 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.
Over the past several years, our School Music Rehearsal Camps have been held at The 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 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 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!!