Exchanges, camps and trips

With a focus on developing resilience and determination through exposure to new environments and challenges, participating in experiences outside of the classroom is an important aspect of the Shelford student journey.


Students from Years 3–11 attend an annual school camp. With a focus on developing relationships with their peers, personal goals, a sense of adventure, initiative and an enjoyment of active learning, students are challenged to participate in a range of outdoor adventure activities. These camps range from 3–5 days duration and are set in locations across Victoria.


French students at Shelford are encouraged to visit a French speaking country. Each year, some of the senior girls participate over the summer break in our exchange program in Delémont, Switzerland. During July and August, Swiss students visit Melbourne, attend school at Shelford and stay with a Shelford host family with one of our students.

Shelford enjoys a close relationship with its Japanese sister school. Each year in August a group of students from Edogawa Girls' High, our Tokyo sister school, visits for a week. The Japanese girls participate in numerous activities in Junior School and Senior School classes, providing wonderful opportunities for the Shelford students to interact, practice their language skills and learn more about Japan and its people. Shelford Year 10 students of Japanese have the opportunity to travel to Edogawa, undertaking a seven-week homestay and attending Edogawa High School in December and January.


Under the management of an external provider and supported by Shelford staff, our international expeditions are offered to students in the Senior School. With a focus on creating global citizens with an international understanding of justice, equality and social service, past trips have ventured to Cambodia, China, Borneo, Nepal and Thailand.