The word Kamaruka comes from an aboriginal term meaning “Camp of the spirit children”. The three arrows of the emblem represent the three character traits targeted in the social development of the students at Kamaruka. These are:

– Respect for self.
– Respect for others.
– Responsibility for ones actions.

Kamaruka was established to cater for a growing number of boys whose special needs cannot be accommodated in the mainstream classroom. The impetus for the development of this intervention program arose from the principal’s concern at the psychological damage inflicted on boys in a school where corporal punishment, fear, and intimidation was used to manage boys with behavioural problems. Desperate parents mistakenly assess intervention programs by the immediate relief they offer without regard to the long-term cost. Unfortunately, many go on to suffer the consequences, as their teenage sons are integrated back into a mainstream school, with no intrinsic skills to manage their behaviour.

While the program is designed for boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a number of boys with low self-esteem, originating from negative experiences at school, have benefited greatly from the program.





Wednesday 31 Jan – Thursday 29 MAR Term

Monday 19 FEB – Thursday 22 FEB (Torquay) Camp

Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 JAN, Friday 23 FEB [Pupil free]Curriculum


Monday 16 APR – Friday 22 JUN Term

Monday 21 MAY – Thursday 24 MAY (Wellington River) Camp

Friday 25 MAY [Pupil free]Curriculum


Monday 16 JUL – Friday 14 SEP Term

Monday 13 AUG – Thursday 16 AUG (Cathedral Ranges) Camp

Friday 17 AUG [Pupil free]Curriculum


Monday 8 OCT – Friday 7 DEC Term

Monday 19 NOV – Thursday 22 NOV (Torquay) Camp

Friday 23 NOV [Pupil free]Curriculum

Public Holidays: Labour Day MON 12 MAR, Good Friday FRI 30 MAR, ANZAC Day WED 25 APR, Queen’s Birthday MON 11 JUN, Melb Cup MON 5 & TUE 6 NOV