Outdoor and Environmental Education

CBC St.Kilda has an extensive in house Outdoor and Environmental Education program. Students from years 7 to 9 participate in compulsory programs each year, year 10 boys can elect extra-curricular programs run out of school hours, while VCE students can elect to undertake Outdoor and Environmental Studies as one of their subjects.

Year 7

Year seven boys have 6 programmed days. Early in term one they have a four day Bay Play introductory camp. This program is run early in their CBC lives to provide both an introduction to one another and the College. Over the course of four days the students will participate in snorkelling, mountain bike riding, beach games, a cross curricular humanities excursion to Point Nepean, a class retreat which introduces CBC and the Edmund Rice tradition and many other camp activities.

In term two we continue to explore our natural environments close to Melbourne with and orienteering and mountain bike day at Westerfolds Park, learning practical skills and teamwork.

Finally, in term three the boys experience a white water rafting day on the upper reaches of the Yarra River. This fun day out involves some introductory rapids and wildlife spotting in a beautiful area close to home.

 Year 8

Year 8 boys have 5 programmed outdoor days. In term 2 they enjoy an abseiling and cycling day at Gembrook, designed to challenge them and promote social support amongst the boys. 

During the Summer months, generally in term 4, boys participate in a four day coastal camp. We move sequentially, from year seven’s beaches inside the bay, to open surf beaches to learn surfing and surf safety. Class groups live and work together for the week in a small community. Along with surfing we explore the coastal environment on mountain bikes and complete short walks to local waterfalls and attractions.

Year 9

Year 9 students continue the community focused work started at the Balaclava campus. They complete a 4 day journey down the remote and spectacular Mitchell River in Gippsland. This journey promotes community living and a sense of teamwork as boys are challenged to navigate rapids together in their raft. Along with personal learning we increase the amount of environmental learning by considering the place we are travelling through, its role in the world and how we fit in. Discussions consider land management, water use, global warming and the changing future world.

Year 10

Year 10 boys have some flexible options to recreate outdoors. We are launching into new programs and trips for year 10 boys including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Great Victorian Bike Ride and snow skiing trips.

Year 10 students are also welcome to select the VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies Course. By completing units one and two in year 10 and units three and four in year 11 they have a head start in VCE with an extra subject completed early.


VCE students can select the Outdoor and Environmental Studies Subject. This course explores the relationships humans have with the outdoor environment. The study looks at natural environments that have been subject to minimal and extensive human intervention. Outdoor recreation activities are undertaken to create learning experiences which enable students to understand how human – nature relationships have been constructed. The type of activities chosen will be dependent on seasonal conditions and staff and student interest. In the past day trips have included; surfing, snorkeling, rock climbing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, white water paddling and sea kayaking. Camps have included bushwalking, rock climbing, marine studies and skiing.

Mr David Joyce
Head of Outdoor Education


Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) Sport

CBC St Kilda’s involvement in the Associated Catholic Colleges Competition Carnival Sports includes the following (all age groups – U13 to senior) - Swimming, Athletics, and Cross Country.

 Sports: on a term by term basis –Junior (Year 7 & 8) / Middle(Years 9 & 10) / Senior(Year 11 & 12) Cricket, Tennis, Volleyball, Football, Soccer, Table Tennis, Hockey, and Basketball. As well CBC competes in ACC Co-Curricular competitions including Chess, Debating & Music Workshops. Year 7s also compete in Rally Days – 3 single day events against a number of ACC schools and in a range of sports.

Ms Melissa McCauley
Director ACC Sport

Student Representative Council

Christian Brothers’ College encourages student leadership within and beyond the College. Each Year 7 to Year 11 Homeroom is represented by one student. All selections are made by a student vote at the classroom level. The elected students then conduct SRC meetings on a regular basis. Some of the College Community based projects the SRC are involved in are: Open Day Tours, Foundation Day Activities, Year 11 Social, Walkathon, Fundraising Activities, and Sports Equipment for lunch time usage.The President of the SRC, a Prefect and a Staff member are appointed by the Principal to assist and guide the students in their decision making process.

Mr Damian Mahon
SRC Coordinator

Music Program

The Colleg eoperates a number of ensembles and bands including  Junior Band (Year 7), Senior Band (Year 8 – 12) and Rock Band.  The Music program is open to any student with a willingness to learn and a desire to participate enthusiastically in the program.  A condition of involvement is the expectation that the student is available to perform in public when the occasion demands.  These performances can be at school events such as assemblies, College massess and liturgies, and parent information evenings; as well as on public occcasions such as for local primary schools.  Specialist teachers who teach guitar, percussion (drums) and piano Students with other instrumental requirements can be facilitated through arrangement at PCW or private teachers. CBC also performs at ACC Music Workshops and the Combined ACC Schools Band Concert.

Mr David O'Meara
Director of Music

Overseas Excursions

Sister School in Osaka
Sister School in Palermo
Social Action Partnership



Junior School Years 7 & 8

The focus of the Year 7 and 8 Retreats are to explore the ideas of belonging to an Edmund Rice school.

Middle School Years 9 & 10

The focus of the Year 9 and 10 Retreats are for students to appreciate the gift of their own uniqueness. Students need to recognise that they each have a profound dignity and value, based not on exterior things such as their looks, popularity, or what they achieve in life – but on being created in God’s image and being loved by Him unconditionally.

Senior School Years 11 & 12

Students are challenged to become leaders – to develop the strength of character to make choices according to moral values rather than popular expedience. Students explore stress management techniques and goal setting. Focus is also placed on their experience of their life now.

Michael Junkovic
Director of Religious Education
& Faith Development