Outdoor Education and Camps

Education in, for, and about the outdoors.

Aims of Outdoor Education

  • To build on the College values of being your best, being engaged and being respectful.
  • To develop the students’ skills in the following areas – leadership, initiative, social interaction and relationships, resilience, independence and teamwork.
  • To provide students with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge to safely undertake the following pursuit activities – mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, rafting, surfing, bushwalking and orienteering.
  • To increase the students’ knowledge and appreciation of each environment we visit. This is done through investigating the following areas: service work, leave-no-trace principles, flora and fauna, geology, Aboriginal history, natural history, colonial history and current user groups.
  • To develop the students’ outdoor living and travel skills (OLATS) – i.e. navigation, camping, knot tying, cooking on a camp stove and weather interpretation.

Outdoor Education is... education in, for, and about the outdoors.

Donaldson & Donaldson (1958)

Year 9 and 10 Outdoor Education

Over the year students will explore a different environment each term, investigating the flora, fauna, cultural history and natural history of that environment. They will undertake this exploration through different adventure activities. Throughout the year the students will learn the skills and knowledge to safely and sustainably enjoy adventure activities.

Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in self-reliance, leadership, initiative, resilience and teamwork. They will be provided with learning opportunities to improve these skills and the knowledge they need to work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team to solve problems and make decisions that recognise consequences and predict outcomes.

For more information please see the 2021 Subject Selection Handbook Final.

Year-Level Camps

The Year-Level Camps are sequenced to progressively build the students’ confidence and comfort in the outdoors and within themselves. Unlike the Year 9 and 10 Outdoor Education elective subject, these camps are compulsory. The level of adventure and responsibility incrementally increases throughout the four providing opportunities for students to develop into confident and capable students who are organised and ready to contribute to their group.