3C9 is an innovative and engaging program tailored specifically to the needs of Year 9 students.
The program is guided by three core values: Community, Care and Challenge. These values help to determine the types of activities offered to students. A particularly notable aspect of this program is that most of the activities are run with staff, rather than outsourced, keeping the costs down. Students participate in some activities as a whole group such as a first aid certificate with St John's Ambulance, Clean Up Australia Day, challenging day hikes and initiative activities. They then participate in four units two terms.
The units on offer during Term Two and Three are broken down into four categories: Challenge, Community Engagement, Exploration and Specialty Units. The Challenge units include: Cycle On - five weeks, five rides explore Melbourne on two wheels. Wet n Wild - Surfing, Canoeing and Stand Up Paddle boarding. Geocaching, a world-wide treasure hunting activities using hand held GPS devices. Mixed Challenge - covering a range of challenging activities such as rock climbing, ice skating, bushwalking and initiation activities. Golf, Learn the etiquette and skills related to the popular game of golf.
The Community Engagement units include: Community Service, a four week placement at a local community service provider such as a local meals program, aged care facilities, kindergartens and environmental programs and ruMAD? which stands for Are You Making A Difference, the program challenges students to make a difference in the local and wider communities.
The Exploration units offered are: Homelessness - an investigation of the issue of homelessness. Multicultural Melbourne - discover some of the rich tapestry that is make up some of Melbourne's culture. Beautiful Bayside - an investigation of the past, present and future of Bayside. Wellbeing, Body, Mind and Spirit- explore wellbeing from the three facets of life, body mind and spirit.
Throughout Term 4 students investigate Melbourne in our City Experience unit. They explore a range of historical and iconic sites. They discover some of the delights to be found in our wonderful laneways and gardens. Students have the opportunity to explore a range of districts such as the sports and arts districts.