Launceston Grammar delivers forward focused programmes and co-curricular activities which aim to inspire students across a range of subjects including outdoor education, aviation, agricultural science, mountain biking and photography. Delivered by passionate teachers, our students gain an insight into specialised areas of interest.

Outdoor Education Programme

From Maria Island to Freycinet National Park, Mt Cameron to the Gordon River, our Outdoor Education programme provides opportunities for students to learn more about themselves, their fellow students and Tasmania’s vast wilderness.

The experiential hands-on learning, which capitalises on our close proximity to some of Australia’s most magnificent areas of natural beauty, is delivered by highly specialised staff. Students participate in bushwalking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and other outdoor activities.

Grade 7 head to Hanleth and Maria Island, Grade 8 to Freycinet National Park and Grade 9 to Mt Cameron. Grade 10 experience our Expedition programme which can include whitewater rafting on the Huon River, bushwalking on the Overland Track, or bike touring in the north east.

Our Grade 11 and 12 Outdoor Education programme is an elective course designed to foster well-developed personal, social and interpersonal skills, as well as providing a broad appreciation of Outdoor Education philosophy and approaches. The course helps foster responsible attitudes towards respecting and protecting the natural environment, and positive lifestyle habits and behaviours to support lifelong health.

Outdoor Leadership aims to provide students with the opportunities to develop personal leadership capacity, and a broad suite of transferable leadership skills which can be applied to multiple career pathways and settings including:

  • Organising and leading group activities in the natural environment;
  • Recognising and dealing with a range of challenging and often complex situations;
  • Decision-making processes, time and risk management;
  • Group welfare, understanding group dynamics, people management and delegation;
  • Handling responsibility and adapting to change;
  • Establishing, communicating and consistently following a personal values framework; and
  • Empowering learners to contribute to achieving an ecologically sustainable world.

Grade 9 Mount Cameron Camp

Grade 7 Maria Island Camp

Grade 9 Mount Cameron Camp

A highlight of Grade 9 at Launceston Grammar is the Mt Cameron camp, which is part of the School’s Outdoor Education programme.

The camp aims to develop and promote self-awareness and interpersonal skills, as well as overcome students’ fears to step out of their comfort zone. During the camp, students have the opportunity to experience various activities such as white water rafting, sea kayaking, mountain bike riding, and bushwalking. This significant and inspiring experience nurtures their unique leadership styles by working as a team and becoming independent problem-solvers. This video captures these memorable moments from the 2021 Grade 9 Mount Cameron Camp.

Grade 7 Maria Island Camp

Our Grade 7 students enjoy unforgettable experiences in our unique Outdoor Education camp on Maria Island.

A Tasmanian first, students within our Aviation Programme are the first in the state to experience a school-based study with hands-on aeronautical engineering as well as flight theory. 

Through our Cultivate programme students are empowered to learn, contribute and take action in their regional area. Cultivate is the growing of people, ideas and solutions in the context of regional industry learning.

Our purpose-built mountain bike track coupled with passionate Mountain Bike Australia accredited skills instructors, delivers a co-curricular mountain bike programme which is well subscribed.

Cultivate Programme

The School’s innovative regional initiative, Cultivate is an exciting school-wide approach to empowering students to learn, contribute and take action in their regional area. For students, the programme will develop a deep understanding of concepts that are key to successful regional industries including sustainability, relationships, supply and demand, enterprise and innovation.

Cultivate provides on-site learning experiences within local regional industries capitalising on the breadth and depth of our Launceston Grammar community and the diverse Tasmanian agriculture sector. Practical and transferrable skills are the result, as well as an understanding of the key issues and the incredible potential of living and working in a regional area.

By showcasing authentic agricultural and regional industry opportunities, students will understand how their school curriculum relates to industry practices and future career pathways. Cultivate aims to develop the attributes of resilience, initiative, flexibility, persistence and creativity – sought-after traits for the local, national and international workforce.

Learn More About Launceston Grammar’s Cultivate Programme

Aviation Programme

Launceston Grammar provides a practical pathway to acquire highly specialised skills through a unique Aviation Programme for Grades 8 to 10. Our students are the first in Tasmania to experience a school-based study with hands-on aeronautical engineering as well as flight theory. Our students are also building a full-sized, RV12 plane as part of the Aviation programme, a flying light sports aircraft manufactured by Vans Aircraft in Oregon, USA. 

Grade 8s can select our highly specialised Drone programme as an Elective, learning the science, practical skills, legalities and ethics involved with drone operation. 

Our Grade 9 students can study Aviation Theory; covering the content required for the Recreational Pilot Licence examination which is administered by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Pilot theory examinations provide the perfect setting in which to explore and expand upon science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based concepts. The course content includes radio operating procedures, engine design, aircraft instrument design and function, and aircraft assembly, as well as maintenance and performance. Grade 10s cover the remaining theory required to obtain the Recreational Pilot Licence. Students learn about risk analysis and the human factors which can compromise pilot performance. The course covers air law, navigation, and meteorology.

Cultivate Programme

Michael van Balen AO - Principal, Australian Maritime College

Fran Austin - Winemaker and Owner, Delamere Vineyard

Sam Trethewey - Managing Director, Tasmanian Agricultural Company

Michael van Balen AO - Principal, Australian Maritime College

Aspirational endeavours

I believe that young children starting off their education need to be able to look up and see what they aspire to be, whether it be a career in maritime engineering and hydrodynamics or maritime logistics and shipping. Whatever they wish to be it is essential that they develop the skill sets needed through their primary, secondary and tertiary learning experiences.

The Cultivate programme I see as a building block programme. Launceston Grammar is a primary building block from which these experiences can be introduced.

It is important that our experts of the future can be inspired today so that they can make a significant contribution to society as they move forward and the Cultivate programme is an ideal programme for this to occur.

Michael van Balen AO
Principal, Australian Maritime College

Fran Austin - Winemaker and Owner, Delamere Vineyard

Future innovators

I have been in Tasmania for 20 years and strongly believe the opportunities here are greater now than ever. We have always been blessed with an amazing natural climate and wonderful quality produce as a result. However, over the last 10 or so years a layer of sophistication has been added to the Tasmanian offering. This has given people with creative ideas public license to reach further and not set themselves within the standard mould. The world around us is constantly evolving and changing with new technologies coming out all the time. On top of that, in an industry like mine for example, trends and tastes in wine are always changing too.

I see the Cultivate programme as bridging the gap between education and theory, and the workplace. Any initiative to help bridge this gap is worthwhile and we need more of it. I see value in a programme such as this in helping young people grow and develop their skills and become more future ready. Our young people need to have a global economy mindset and be able to embrace new opportunities.

At Delamere Vineyard we are always looking at how we can grow sustainably with environmental best practice initiatives to make sure we maintain the health of our land. And we try to keep an innovative mindset which places us in the best position to rise to the challenges of our changing world and turn those challenges into opportunities.

Fran Austin
Winemaker and Owner, Delamere Vineyard

Sam Trethewey - Managing Director, Tasmanian Agricultural Company

Future Focussed

I see the Cultivate programme as a great step forward in closing the gap between industry and education. A programme like this can show children that there isn’t one job or career and it is okay to have several because ultimately this is the world in which they will live. There is great value in demonstrating to children the many opportunities for them outside of the typical work streams and careers. I also believe that anything that gives them a taste of what is to come is worthwhile.

I believe that highlighting the requirements of businesses and industries and communities, particularly here in northern Tasmania can only be a great thing. By learning key skills and traits through a programme such as this, it can help set them up for the future as they go out into the workforce.

As our culture and society evolves, there is less reliance on traditional jobs and careers and the future belongs to those who can challenge the status quo, innovate and create value from things that wouldn’t otherwise be noticed, and there are many innovative businesses right here in Tasmania.

Sam Trethewey
Managing Director, Tasmanian Agricultural Company

Mountain Bike Programme

Mountain biking is offered as a co-curricular sport at Launceston Grammar. Students can participate in Term 1 and 4 and utilise the School’s purpose-built 2 km intermediate mountain bike track for their weekly training sessions. The track was designed by students passionate about mountain biking and built by a local trail expert with volunteer assistance from the Launceston Grammar community.

Students undertaking mountain biking will learn basic skills from braking and body position to more advanced skills including jumping and cornering berms. Off-site trips to explore trails at Kate Reed, Trevallyn and Hollybank are undertaken each term.

Photography Programme

The School offers a comprehensive Media programme where students can immerse themselves in photography, editing and digital media. Our students learn the practical skills needed to master videography, digital photography and screen-based media.