Saint Ignatius College Geelong



At Saint Ignatius College, students across the year levels participate in curriculum-based Outdoor Education programs and they can take the opportunity to participate in a number of other outdoor co-curricular activities.

All these programs promote active learning through direct personal experience, and whilst offering excitement, fun and adventure, provide challenging experiences, which impact powerfully upon a young person’s development.

These programs are designed to promote the development of communication, problem solving and decision making skills. Horizons are broadened, new challenges embraced, and perseverance and determination are reinforced. The values and attitudes developed from shared endeavour help form a sound basis for responsible citizenship. Sensitivity to the environment is fostered, for young people to see themselves in a global context with an awareness of the need for sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.

Students can build self-confidence and self-esteem, develop a positive attitude to learning, an awareness of the needs and contributions of others, the ability to sustain effective relationships, the adaptability to cope with a rapidly changing world of work and the responsibility to be an effective member of a community.

  • Language Based Immersions

    Language Based Immersions

    Language study tours run every two years to students studying Italian or Indonesian in Years 10 or 11, and provide a huge variety of experiences for students. Students have the opportunity to build their language skills in real-life contexts, helping to develop a sense of balance, compassion and global awareness.


    Indonesian students visit different areas of the country, allowing them to compare and contrast some of Indonesia’s diverse cultures. Experiences have included:

    • Artistic, musical and handicraft workshops

    • Visiting ancient religious complexes including Borobudur (a UNESCO-listed 8th century Buddhist temple)

    • Exploring the area around Sumatra’s Lake Toba

    • Jungle trekking in search of orangutans in the Bukit Lawang national park


    Italian students extensively explore Italy, practising their language skills and learning more about Italy’s rich culture, history, artwork, buildings and countryside. The tour has a strong cultural tone, and our students are able to visit sites related to our Jesuit tradition while also. Destinations include:

    • Rome, with visits to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Vatican

    • The historic ruins of Pompeii

    • The architecture and artistic centres of Florence, Pisa and Siena

    • Venice, with its ageless bridges and villas

    • Homestay and school visit in or near Florence

  • World Challenge Based Programs

    World Challenge Based Programs

    World Challenge is the original school expedition company providing overseas educational expeditions to school and college groups. Our expeditions teach life skills and expand minds outside the classroom.

    Students and teachers benefit from a level of expedition safety and service second to none and bespoke expeditions to over 50 destinations in Africa, Asia, South East Asia, Pacific, South America and Central America which guarantee an amazing adventure!

    Students and Teachers from Saint Ignatius College, Geelong have travelled to Thailand & Cambodia, India, Tanzania, Ecuador, Morocco and most recently China with World Challenge. We are currently planning for out next expedition which will launch to the students in mid 2018 and depart November 2019. 

    We offer the World Challenge expedition to Year 9 / 10 students who are then in Year 10 / 11 when they travel.

  • Minjerribah Indigenous Immersion

    Minjerribah Indigenous Immersion

    Year 8 students fly to Brisbane and then take a ferry to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) for our six day immersion with the Quandamooka Aboriginal people.

    Students learn about family heritage, the connectedness of the Quandamooka people with the land and the impacts of mining and politics upon the island.

    Two days arespent at the local primary school where our ongoing relationship with the students is cultivated as our students shared their story and in turn, listened to others’ stories of life on Minjerribah.

    The aim of this immersion was to learn about indigenous culture and how the Quandamooka people had not only survived but thrived on this land for over 21,000yrs. Destination Dreaming guides the tour teaching us why we should care about Aboriginal people and their future.

    Students come away changed from their experiences, more respectful and determined to challenge those who push stereotypes that are inaccurate or ignorant about Aboriginal people.    

  • Timor Leste Immersions

    Timor Leste Immersion

    Jesuit Immersion programs to East Timor

    In recent years some students and staff have visited there each year to develop relationships with people in other cultures, develop an appreciation of the richness of other cultures and leading participants to appreciate the need for international communities to support each other.

    Saint Ignatius College sends two students to the annual Jesuit Province East TImor Immersion held in the last week of Term 2 and the first week of the holidays. They join a team of 14 other students from Jesuit schools around Australia.

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