Outdoor Education

Education in, for, and about the outdoors.

Outdoor Education

Students at MacKillop Catholic College have an opportunity to study Outdoor Education as an elective. This subject draws upon several learning outcomes in the Australian Curriculum.

The outdoor education curriculum aims:

  • 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)

Outdoor Education Camps

Outdoor Education Camps are sequenced to progressively build the students’ confidence and comfort in the outdoors and within themselves. When studying Outdoor Education 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.