St Mary's at Metricup: The Lady Treatt Centre for Learning and Leadership is the School's outdoor education facility. Set in natural bushland in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, the Centre is the first of its kind for an all-girls' school in Western Australia.
The land at Metricup was purchased by the St Mary's Anglican Girls' School Foundation in 2005. The Foundation has contributed over $7.4 million towards the development of the Centre for Learning and Leadership and our school community of parents, Old Girls and friends also gave generously to support this innovative project.
Since its opening concert on 5 April 2008, there has been a stream of students who have enjoyed the facilities. There have been camps for students in Years 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11, a mother-daughter camp for Year 4, as well as surfing, music and language camps.
In 2008 the vineyard comprising over 3000 vines was planted with help from student groups while on camp. The first grapes were picked by our Year 7 students at the beginning of 2011, and the first vintage, a 2011 Frankie's Folly Chardonnay, was released early in 2012, followed by a 2011 Frankie's Folly Cabernet Sauvignon late in 2012. The latest vintages are now available for sale.
At Year 8 Camp in March 2009, students planted 60 fruit trees - plums, pears, apricots, oranges and lemons, as well as olive trees. When these trees mature, it is hoped that they will provide the fruit for camp menus.
In 2012 the camping ground was transformed with the installation of 20 canvas eco-tents for accommodation, a communal eco-tent for group activities, and a new amenities block.
For more information, including availability for school groups to utilise this facility, please contact the St Mary's Anglican Girls' School Foundation.