Cultural Experiences

Traditionally, students at Modbury High School have the opportunity to join a range of tours as follows:

Snow trip

The next trip is to be confirmed.

The Modbury High School ski trip is planned as an integral part of the curriculum options for senior students.
It provides an opportunity for students to develop a range of personal and group skills in an environment which many students would otherwise not experience.

The program of activities incorporated in and around this trip makes it a useful learning tool to be linked directly with the curriculum pattern.This is a great opportunity for the students to take advantage of learning in an environment outside of the school setting and at the same time provide a valuable motivational component in broadening the education of our students.

The ski trip will challenge and have a focus on the nature and importance of human functioning. Being in an unfamiliar environment challenges a student’s self-reliance and enables the student to develop his/her own identity. It also enables the student to focus on their relationship with their peers and teachers.

Students learn about and develop the knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in group situations.

Student aims:

  • To participate in a creative, challenging and enjoyable activity.
  • To learn new physical skills: to practice them and to work both individually and in small groups on improving their performance.
  • To understand the specific needs for skiing/snowboarding by working/operating in small groups.
  • To explore the dynamics of relationships and of independence.
  • To be responsible for themselves and each other.
  • To understand the challenges and risks involved in an unfamiliar environment and how to minimise such risks.
  • To understand the dietary requirements to meet the nutritional demands of skiing/snowboarding in an alpine environment.
  • To explore management of the environment to ensure minimal recreational impact.


  • Students will individually progress at their own rate in the learning of this new skill.
  • Students will have the ability to work in small groups by skiing/snowboarding together (buddy system) and assisting each other with skill development and evaluation of each others performance.
  • To demonstrate an ability to be able to live with each other, to understand individual needs and co-operate in small and large group situations and activities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of their equipment and the appropriate way to dress in an alpine environment. (The layer principle).
  • Learn to ride pomas, T- bars and chair lifts.
  • Be aware of the correct foods to eat for this activity.
  • Be aware of hypothermia, symptoms and remedy.
  • Be aware of snow safety.

Japanese Exchange program

The Japanese Exchange program with Asakuchi city, Japan

Japanese Exchange Organiser
Amanda Kampes

As part of our Japanese exchange program, Modbury High School welcomes 15 students and two teachers from the city of Asakuchi in Japan each year. The Japanese students are hosted by Modbury students for 6 days in August.

The exchange students take part in some lessons and cultural experiences offered at the school, as well as participate in various excursions around Adelaide. They learn about our school life, customs and our way of life.

In return, Modbury students travel to Japan each year in the September school holidays. A reciprocal home stay of four days occurs in Asakuchi city while the rest of the two weeks is spent travelling around Japan, learning about their culture and practising their Japanese language.

Modbury High School students have the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture from their guests, and to experience traditional foods, customs and visit a range of traditional and modern Japanese cities.

Modbury students will, most importantly be able to practise their Japanese language. This will be a significant benefit for their futures – in both their language studies and chosen career paths.

Japan Trip Organiser
A Kampes

For more information about studying abroad in South Australia, please contact:

International Education Services
Department for Education
PO Box 1152, Adelaide SA 5001 | GFW, 31 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Telephone: +618 8226 3402
Fax: +618 8226 3655

USA Basketball Tour

The USA Basketball trip is traditionally held every 2 years in November/December for approximately 3 weeks. 

After successful trips in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2023. the next trip is being planned for December 2023 and the expected cost is to be around $4000. This cost includes flights, insurance, NBA and Disneyland tickets, bus transportation, uniforms, team hoodies any hotel accommodation and all activities.

Students play 6 or 7 high schools around Portland, Oregon and Washington State. They are hosted in 2 or 3 separate home stay families during this time.

The trip involves many different and exciting experiences including:

  • an NBA game
  • tyre tubing in the snow
  • Disneyland
  • experience of another culture
  • experiencing life in American high schools

Expression of interest are generally called for approximately 18 months in advance. Trips are generally planned for every 2 years  and depart at the end of November and return approximately 23 days later.

We believe in a culture of achievement in a respectful and rigorous learning environment