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In school, students learn a lot of subjects: Maths, English, Geography, and the list goes on. But there’s one lesson you won’t find in any textbook: relationship building. 

Beyond getting good grades, forming strong connections with others is a key part of personal and professional growth. Here at PGL, we’re dedicated to helping students build new bonds and enhance their life skills in a fun and exciting way. 

Read on to find out more about the importance of relationship building for students.



Why is building relationships important for students?

There are numerous reasons why building relationships is important for students and it’s not just to make small talk either. 


Builds trust

At the heart of every successful relationship lies trust. When students feel connected to their teachers, peers, and mentors, they are more likely to open up, ask questions, and seek help when needed. Building trust fosters a learning environment where they can feel safe, explore new ideas, and tackle challenges head-on, ultimately setting students up for a world of possibilities once they step out of the classroom.


Develop communication and social skills

Relationship building is also important for effective communication. By interacting with their peers and teachers, students hone their verbal and non-verbal communication and social skills, learning to express themselves articulately, listen attentively, and collaborate as a team. These communication skills are invaluable and will serve them well in both their personal life and future careers.


Increases motivation and engagement

It’s no surprise that when students feel valued and supported by their teachers and classmates, they’re naturally more eager to engage and get involved with their studies. Meaningful relationships create a sense of belonging and purpose, inspiring students to invest their time and energy into their hobbies, interests and academic pursuits.  


Improves student behaviour

Positive relationships and role models play a pivotal role in shaping student behaviour and attitudes. Teachers who take the time to build genuine connections with their students will likely cultivate an environment of mutual respect. As a result, students are more likely to exhibit good behaviours, such as cooperation, empathy, and responsibility when appreciated by those around them.



Relationship-building activities for students at PGL

Now that you understand the importance of building relationships for students, it’s time to put it into practice at PGL. Our outdoor camps offer the perfect setting for students to bond and connect with teachers and each other in a safe, supportive and fun environment. With a wide range of adventurous activities promoting teamwork, communication, and trust, students can develop and grow together — all while having a blast! Some of our favourite relationship-building activities include:

  • Raft Building 
  • Challenge Course
  • Orienteering
  • Jacob’s Ladder 
  • Trust Exercises 

Check out our blog on how school camps help you build relationships with students


Build positive relationships on a PGL adventure camp!  

If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure, then why not take your students on a trip of a lifetime at one of our school camps in Victoria (Campaspe Downs & Camp Rumbug) and Queensland (Kindilan), which include both primary school camps and secondary school camps. 

Your group are at the heart of what we do. We put safety first with 100% instructor-led activity sessions, which also allows you to bond with your students rather than running the sessions yourself, as you usually would in the classroom. Your PGL Groupies are also always available for any questions you or your students may have, just ask!

Contact us today and we’ll be on hand to help arrange a fantastic school camp for you and your group!