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National & International Tours

Traditionally, students at Modbury High School have the opportunity to join a range of tours as follows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of the snow trip, these tours will not run in 2021 but will hopefully resume in 2022:

Snow Trip 

The next trip is scheduled for 7 - 14 August, 2021.

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.


USA Basketball tour

The USA Basketball trip is traditionally held every 2 years in November/December for approximately 3 weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this trip will not run in 2021. 

After successful trips in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 the next trip is being planned for December 2022 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.


Please view this link for information regarding the annual trip to Japan and student exchange program with Asakuchi City, Japan.



The Canberra trip is open to all Year 11 students. During the week, students will visit and participate in the following:

Climb Mount Ainslie Weather permitting

Visit Parliament House Mr Tony Zappia MP, State Member for Makin will usually meet with the students. Highlights of Parliament House include: Visiting the House of Representatives and the Senate, participating in a Mock House of Representatives and Watching Question Time.

Australian Institute of Sport


The Australian War Memorial

The Royal Australian Mint

National Museum

USA History Tour

Sample Itinerary:

This itinerary is subject to change, based on availability and final costs.

Chicago, Illinois

  • Shedd Aquarium: Home to Beluga Whales, Dolphins, and a large variety of sea creatures and mammals from all around the world’s lakes and oceans.
  • Field Museum: Home of Sue, the world’s most complete skeletal remains of a T-Rex. Also features the Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo.
  • Skydeck at Willis Tower: A clear platform that stands out over the city at the 102nd floor
  • Navy Pier or Lincoln Park Zoo: Both Free Attractions.

Historic Triangle, Virginia

  • Historic Jamestown: The site of the first settlers to the ‘New World’. Features a Powhatan Indian camp, Fort James and replica ships
  • Colonial Williamsburg: The nation’s first capital. A living 1700’s City with costumed actors and locals, occupations and trades performed in the traditional way of the time.
  • Yorktown Battlefield and Victory Centre: Site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War. Features an Army Camp with a Medical Tent demonstration as well as Cannon and Weapon demonstrations.

Washington DC

  • Smithsonian Institute: Museum of Natural History, Museum of American History (the original United States flag, Old Glory, is displayed here and students have the chance to help fold a full size replica), Air and Space Museum, National Archives (view the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution) and the National Zoo.
  • Arlington Cemetery: visit John F Kennedy’s gravesite and view the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
  • Monuments and Memorials: including Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials. If time allows will visit the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon.
  • Holocaust Museum: Three levels following the rise of Hitler in the 1930’s to the Liberation of the Concentration Camps in 1945

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

  • Short Film: the history of the war
  • Museum:
  • Guided Bus Tour of the battlefields of one of the most famous battles of the Civil War
  • Drill Like a Solider

Bird In Hand, Pennsylvania

  • Amish Community tour: including visits to a farmhouse, a one-room school and a buggy ride

Manhattan, New York

  • 9/11 Museum and Memorial: dedicated to those killed on September 11, 2001, as well as the World Trade Centre bombings in 1993.
  • Harbor Cruise: Students will take a cruise (up to 2 hours) around the Hudson River and surrounding harbor. They will view sites such as the Statue of Liberty (time for a photo op), Ellis Island, Trade Center One and the various bridges that join Manhattan to the outlying boroughs. Due to time constraints, we do not have time to visit Liberty Island
  • Empire State Building: view the city from the 76th floor observation deck.
  • Central Park: Get lost in one of the world’s largest inner-city parklands.
  • American Museum of Natural History: Night at the Museum Scavenger Hunt

Anaheim, California

  • Disneyland: Features Splash Mountain, Four Rollercoasters, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and more.
  • California Adventure Park: Styled after the streets of California during Walt Disney’s childhood. Features a Loop Rollercoaster, The Tower of Terror, a simulated hang glider flight over California and more. Also home to the night spectacular “World of Colour”

Integrated Learning Credits

Students who take part in this two week international tour will have the opportunity to earn 10 SACE Credits.

This is done by completing the work booklet and folio tasks at the various sites that we visit.

This is not a compulsory requirement, however it is highly recommended to aid students in obtaining their SACE.

World Challenge Expedition