Catholic Education South Australia

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as learning through reflection on doing. At Tenison Woods College, experiential learning opportunities are given to students through a range of camps and retreats. Below are some of the offerings available to students.


The Grampians

Year 6 | Annual


The Grampians Camp is an experience that challenges students to take risks and work together to achieve an intended goal.

The camp runs for three days, with staying in the outskirts of Dunkeld where Mt Sturgeon provides a beautiful backdrop.

Each year, students engage in a variety of individual and team working activities. The giant flying fox and the giant swing challenge the risk taking abilities in the students and adults and also brings a great sense of accomplishment. Students also engage in a low ropes course, archery and a group initiatives course which tests their problem solving skills.

For further information about the Grampians trip, contact Head of Middle School, Nick Patzel.



Year 7 | Annual

Canberra Camp is the culmination of the studies of Civics & Citizenship and History, which are part of the Year 7 curriculum.

The camp runs for seven days, with an overnight stop in Albury on the way to and from Canberra.

Each year, a variety of activities are undertaken including visiting the Australian War Memorial, Old and New Parliament House, Remembrance Day Ceremony and the Australian Institute of Sport. This camp gives students an opportunity to learn about Civics and History, while also forming strong bonds with their peers, teachers and students.

For further information about the Canberra Trip, contact Head of Middle School, Nick Patzel.



9Shine Program

Year 9 | Annual

9Shine is a year-long learning experience and a unique educational adventure that teaches valuable life skills in gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. 9Shine is viewed as a step or rite of passage to a rewarding adult life. Through 9Shine, Tenison Woods College students will develop personal qualities beyond those possible in a traditional schooling environment while developing their overarching sense of community. 9Shine combines Pastoral Care, Health and Physical Education and Outdoor Education learning areas as well as offering many other cross-curricular learning opportunities. The 9Shine curriculum expands students’ knowledge, understanding and skills to help them achieve successful outcomes in modern society. As our students will be moving through different developmental stages in their adolescent journey, an important focus is fostering the individual development and identifying growth points for each learner. Faith and wellbeing dimensions will be covered within the learning areas and will support the direction of the Australian Curriculum, Child Protection Curriculum and student needs.


The annual 9Shine program concludes with a 6 day/5 night outdoor experience on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula. The camp achieves its goals through the principle of experiential learning. Students participate in a wide range of outdoor activities such as kayaking, surfing and mountain biking. Throughout this experience students are encouraged to challenge themselves with individual and group focuses that have been identified throughout the year. Students will be required to apply their year-long learning to set themselves up for a dynamic experience. It is important to recognise that students will be pushed to step out of their comfort zone, however with this, supporting staff and peers will provide guidance in achieving personal milestones.

The pilot 9Shine program in 2020 was an overwhelming success and 2021 promises to be even better.

For further information about the Year 9 Shine Program, contact Year 9 Wellbeing Coordinator, Brad Maney.


Tenison Woods College respectfully acknowledges the Boandik people are the First Nations people of the Mount Gambier South Eastern region of South Australia and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present and emerging.