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Lower Homebush State School Historic Reserve [J22], our third campus, is our school camp centered around the last vestige of the gold mining village known as Lower Homebush [10,000 strong in its heyday]. The campus is located about eight kms. northeast of Avoca [ 170 kms. from Mt. Waverley].  The solid brick, two room school house [State School #2258] was built in 1887 and closed in 1967. This site was declared a Historic Reserve in 1989 when the College took out a lease from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in order to establish the camp.

The Lower Homebush School Association Inc. holds the lease for the site. This body is composed of representatives from Mount Waverley Secondary College, the local Guides and residents of the area. They in turn elect a Committee of Management, which manages the site.

The College held a reopening ceremony for the Lower Homebush School in October of 1995 to honour the efforts of Mrs. Silvia Greenwood, who laboured long and hard to preserve the site for future generations. Sadly, she passed away in late 1996 having lived her whole life in the area of Lower Homebush.

Facilities at the camp include the Mt. Lonarch State School #1197 [a wooden, one room schoolhouse] that has been remodeled into a kitchen/dining room. Dormitories are converted shearer's quarters with 27 bunk beds in various bedrooms all named after former families associated with the Lower Homebush School. A shower room is located on the end of one of the dorm building with a separate toilet block built adjacent to the showers. The kitchen and bedrooms are fitted with a state of the art electronic smoke detector system. Verandahs have been built to link the various dining, sleeping and toilet blocks to provide shelter from rain or sun. The latest development is a storage shed for camping and outdoor education equipment. The camp is connected to the local electricity grid for mains power, gas hot water a telephone with answering machine and has storage tanks for a water supply.

There are facilities for volleyball, basketball, table tennis, a pool table, with an initiative and ropes course on site. A fire pit has been built for outdoor campfires. A local reserve 1 km. from the camp provides an area for orienteering and bush craft activities. All Year 8 students are given the opportunity of attending a 4-day camp with their home group. Usually the home group teacher accompanies the group that is led by a trained outdoor education instructor.  Activities include initiative activities, campfire activities, caving, bush walking, games, camping and campfire cooking 

boulderinga.jpg Bouldering at Kooyoora National Park 

 

camp_firea.jpg  Bedrooms, campfire area and toilet block

 

A typical camp program could include the following activities:

Tuesday  -  Head for the camp with a wild life park tourin Ballarat  on the way          

 

ropes_course_in_action.jpg     Having a go at part of the ropes course

 

Wednesday  -  A bush walk in Kooyoora National Park, bouldering and a campout.

 

sitting_at_KYNP.jpg    Waiting to go caving at Kooyora National Park

 

Thursday  -   Initiative activities, visit to the local forest reserve, campfire cooking, a night walk.

 

panorama_shota.jpg   A wide angle picture of the camp 

 

Friday    -     Pack tents, clean up the site and buildings, initiative activities and home.         

The program does vary from camp to camp depending on the weather and other variables. The facilities can be hired when the camp is not booked for school use by contacting : 

D. Wegener at the Senior School          Phone   03 9803 6811   Fax  03 98887 9308

E-mail me at weg@mwsc.vic.edu.au.