Manor Lakes P 1- 12 College: “Dream, Believe, Inspire” Established in 2009 Manor Lakes Colleges is an expanding new college located in the western growth corridor around Werribee. The Manor Lakes P-12 College vision is “Dream, Believe, Inspire” while the mission statement states that the school will create a vibrant and harmonious community of responsible learners who have a confident belief in their ability to learn, grow and succeed. As part of the innovative curriculum and student support services being offered at the school, Year 9 students are involved in the ‘Learning for Life’ Program throughout the year. The program allows young adolescents to partake in a range of personal extra-curricular activities that they are interested in whilst developing a range of life skills that will be the building blocks for allowing them to be confident in whatever their future holds after school life. Apart from a city camp, program days outside the school and a rotation of 6 key modules within the school the students also head to camp. As part of the on-going school program 43 year students and accompanying teachers spent 4 days at Adekate Lodge located at Creswick in the Central Goldfields. The program was focussed on supporting the key elements of the ‘Learning for Life’ program. Students participated in a number of activities that focussed on life skills and personal development. Included in this was food preparation and food safety. The students worked cooperatively in the kitchen organising menus, preparing group meals, serving and cleaning up. They also made and bottled up ‘home-made’ tomato sauce and chutney to take home. In the spirit of giving back to the community the students have started constructing a ‘quiet space” for the camp. Future groups from Manor Lakes College will build on the work done by this group. Future plans for this space include landscaping, making tables and seats, expanding the railway sleeper mural, and the possible construction of an outdoor pizza oven. Despite the rain and the bitterly cold weather the students and staff showed great resilience in participating and supporting each other in all the camp activities. The students are surveyed about their experiences and learnings from partaking in the program and will have direct input into the future directions of the program. Hopefully the weather will be better for the students attending the November and December camps.