SCOPE Social Activities

At Hawthorn-Melbourne, we complement your English study experience with sporting, cultural and outdoor programs and excursions. We call this SCOPE.

SCOPE is an opportunity to get out of the classroom, have fun with your classmates, see Australia and use your English in real life situations.

Excursions

Your class will have at least one class excursion every 10 weeks. Each excursion will be related to the material you are learning in class, but you will have a chance to practise with informal learning experiences. And you will interact with native English speakers.

You can also sign up for optional weekend and course break excursions in and around Melbourne. On these trips, you might:

  • see the Twelve Apostles
  • learn to surf along the Great Ocean Road
  • visit Phillip Island, home to thousands of Fairy Penguins – the smallest penguins in the world
  • hike past beautiful waterfalls in the Grampians National Park
  • paint a boomerang and learn to throw it at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Sport and fitness

SCOPE also includes a wide range of sporting activities on campus including basketball, badminton, volleyball and soccer. We run competitions as well as social games so everyone can get involved, whether you’re a serious sportsperson or just want to have fun!

You also have free access to our gym, which is open on weekdays from 7.00am to 6.00pm. The gym has squash courts, exercise bikes, treadmills, upper and lower body weight machines, showers and lockers. You can borrow squash and badminton racquets and balls from the SCOPE coordinator.

Workshops

We want you to enjoy your time in Melbourne, whether you’re on campus or not. So as part of SCOPE we run workshops for you, including:

  • water and sun safety
  • healthy eating
  • things to do in Melbourne.

You’re welcome to come along to any of these workshops. We hope they will help you make the most of your time as an international student in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Example of Excursions

Below are some examples of the types of excursions you may be able to enjoy during your studies with us. 

Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Phillip Island $80
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Experience one of Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions. Cost includes transport and entrance fees.

RSVP by Monday 27 Sept to Darren in Room 1126B (opposite cafeteria)

Surfing Lesson - 1 day trip

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Travel down to Great Ocean Road for a surfing lesson. The surfing instructors will teach you the skills you need to know in order to surf and then it's time to hit the water.  The instructors will also be in the water to help you out and give you any advice that you may need. No previous surfing experience is needed if you wish to join this excursion.

Grampians National Park - 2 day trip

The Grampians National Park Course break excursions $140
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If you love nature, fresh air and seeing native animals in the wild, then this is a trip for you.  On day one you will travel to Halls Gap and check-in to your accommodation, before heading off to The Grampians, where you will do some hiking and trail walks. Then back to your accommodation for a much needed BBQ dinner. On day two you will visit an Aboriginal Centre where you will learn about the aboriginal symbols when painting. From this you can make your own story using these symbols and paint your own boomerang. After that you will have a boomerang throwing lesson and then it's back to The Grampians to hike up to the top of The summit.

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Great Ocean Road and The 12 Apostles - 2 day trip

Course break excursions $140
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On day one you will stop at many sea side towns along the coast before arriving at the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and many more famous sight seeing attractions. Then it's time to check-in to your accommodation before having a group BBQ and don't forget to look at the the stars, as they are quite spectacular. On day two you will go back to the 12 Apostles early in the morning when hardly anyone is there - a great time for photos. Then on your way home you will travel through the magnificent Otway Ranges and then to the inland town of Colac before heading home.

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Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

General English $16
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Having studied English through the theme of " Indigineous Australians", you will have an excursion to Narana Aboriginal Centre, which is approximately 1 hour from Melbourne on the school bus. Here you will learn about the symbols used in Aboriginal art and then it is your turn to make a story, using these symbols, and paint your own boomerang. After that it's off to the outdoors where you will be taught how to actually throw a boomerang, and hopefully it comes back.

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Tarrawarra Museum of Art

Yarra Valley Academic English 3
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A trip to Tarrawarra Museum of Art in the famous Yarra Valley. You will have a guided tour in the gallery before heading off to Healesville for lunch. Then a trip to Badger's Creek to feed the very colourful birds before heading back to Hawthorn-Melbourne. This is a great opportunity to further develop your listening and speaking skills and also see greater Melbourne.

Yakult

Dandenong Academic English Free
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Yakult make probiotic dairy products and here you will have a guided tour of the factory and then a talk. Then once you are back in the classroom, this will help you with your excursion homework, "writing about a process".

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Domain Chandon

Yarra Valley Academic English Free
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Domain Chandon produce champagne and here you will have a self -guided tour. At each station there will an interactive display where you can learn about the process of making champagne. Then (optional) let's try the $5 slash and taste some champagne. Once you are back in the classroom, this will help you with your excursion homework, "writing about a process".

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Royal Australian Airforce Museum

Point Cook Academic English 2
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The Royal Australian Airforce Museum is approximately 50 minutes from Melbourne. Here you will have a guided tour and learn about the history of the airforce and see aircraft dating back to WW1. After lunch you can stay to see the " interactive flying show". This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge, improve your speaking and listening skills.

Hanging Rock

Macedon Ranges General English 2
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Having studied English through the theme "The Past", it is now time to use that language and visit Hanging Rock, a famous tourist attraction with a spooky past. The Rock itself was created 6.25 million years ago and on Valentine's Day in 1900 there was a spooky story about a school excursion there, and I am sure your teacher will tell you.

Arthur's Seat, Gunnamatta beach and Dromana

Mornington Peninsula General English Free
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Having studied English through the theme "Travel and Tourism", it's time to jump on the school bus and head out to Arthur's Seat where you will get an amazing view of the bay area, then to Gunnamatta beach followed by a BBQ at the seaside town of Dromana.

William Ricketts Sanctuary and Olinda

General English Free
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Developing your English language through the theme of "Art and Indigenous Australians" you will visit William Ricketts Sanctuary, where you will see over 90 different aboriginal sculptures carved into rock and tree trunks. Then it's off to the town of Olinda which is a popular tourist spot before heading back to Hawthorn-Melbourne.

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Healesville Sanctuary

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Having developed your English language through the theme of "Animals", now you will have the opportunity to visit the infamous Healesville Sanctuary. Here you will watch the "Birds of Prey Show", see native Australian animals and join your classmates for a BBQ.

Phillip Island

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During the course of the day you will visit Maru Craft where you can see native Australian animals and feed the kangaroos. Then it's off to the famous Woolamai beach before heading off to The Nobbies, where you get fantastic ocean views and you can even see a seal colony. Then time for dinner in Cowes before going to the Penguin Parade to see the smallest penguins in the world.

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