Fast Facts

  • The Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Program began in 1999
  • In 2016, Sony Foundation will fund 26 camps across Australia
  • 45 secondary schools and four universities will be involved in the program this year
  • More than 600 children with special needs will attend the camps this year
  • More than 1100 student carers will be involved in the program this year

The Aim

The Children’s Holiday Camp Program is a unique respite program that sees high school and university students take on the responsibility for the care of children with special needs, allowing their families to have a valuable weekend off.

The three-day camps, hosted at high schools and universities around Australia, pair children with special needs with their student companions. Parents, siblings and carers are given valuable overnight respite.

The program began in 1999 with one camp in one Sydney school. Since then, it has expanded to 26 camps in 46 schools and four universities. In 2016, more than 600 children with special needs will have the opportunity to attend a Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp.

The most remarkable element of the Holiday Camp Program is the far-reaching effect it has on the student companions, staff, younger pupils, parent volunteers, families of the children with special needs and of course, the children themselves. The majority of people involved in the Holiday Camps Program go on to be advocates for the program through fundraising, awareness, new program development or volunteering are given love, support, training and the necessary tools to create a better life.

Sony Foundation is committed to expanding the camps further to enable more young people to participate in this life-changing program. It hosts fundraising events throughout the year to allow this to occur.

See below for a listing of this year’s Holiday Camps around Australia.

 ACT Canberra Grammar School
Canberra Girls Grammar School
2 Dec – 5 Dec
NSW Abbotsleigh School for Girls
Knox Grammar School
8 Dec – 12 Dec
NSW Moriah College
Masada College
Emanuel School
3 Dec – 6 Dec
NSW Pymble Ladies’ College
Sydney Church of England Grammar (Shore)
10 Dec – 14 Dec
NSW St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney 30 Nov – 3 Dec

St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview
Loreto Normanhurst
Loreto Kirrbilli
Monte St Angelo

14 Dec – 17 Dec
 NSW St. Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill
Brigidine College, St Ives
Marist Sisters College, Woolwich
6 Dec – 9 Dec
NSW The Illawarra Grammar School 27 Oct – 29 Oct
NT Kormilda College 23 Jun – 25 Jun
QLD Anglican Church Grammar [Churchie]
St Margaret’s School for Girls
16 Jun – 18 Jun
QLD Bond University 18 Dec – 21 Dec
QLD Brisbane State High School 9 Dec – 11 Dec
QLD Marist College, Ashgrove
Mt Alvernia College, Kendron
16 Sep – 19 Sep
QLD SCOTS College, Warwick 24 Nov – 27 Nov
QLD The Southport School 11 Sep – 14 Sep
QLD St Patrick’s College, Townsville
Ignatius Park College Townsville
16 Sep – 18 Sep
QLD Stuartholme School
St Laurence’s College
16 Sep – 18 Sep
QLD The Cathedral College, Rockhampton 2 Dec – 4 Dec
QLD Toowoomba Grammar School
The Glennie School
Fairholme College
16 Sep – 18 Sep
QLD Whitsunday Anglican School 17 Sep – 20 Sep
TAS Launceston Church Grammar School 15 Dec – 17 Dec
VIC Brighton Grammar School 8 Dec – 11 Dec
VIC Sababa Melbourne 10 Dec – 13 Dec
VIC St. Kevin’s College
Xavier College
Genazzano FCJ College
Scotch College
Loreto Mandeville Hall
15 Dec – 17 Dec
WA Christ Church Grammar School
Methodist Ladies’ College
8 Dec – 10 Dec

To learn more about the Camp Program, and how you can become involved, please email [email protected]

Alternatively, click here to submit and expression of interest form for 2017.