A sequential program of Outdoor Education experiences exist from Year 4 to Year 9.
The College’s Tallong Campus is utilised for the programs.
The sequential program is designed to be linked to curriculum outcomes and to challenge the students across four broad spheres of holistic educational development: physical, social, intellectual and spiritual.
The development of skills for teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and initiative is central to all the programs from Year 4 – Years 9.
The structure of the programs is planned to develop age-appropriate skills:
- Year 4 students learn to put up a tent, and navigate on a bushwalk
- Year 5 students sleep in a tent for one night and experience the joy of campfire stories and the challenges of prussiking and orienteering
- Middle School students plant trees, canoe, mountain bike and veer down the flying fox
- Students in Years 8 and 9 abseil down a rock face and negotiate the high ropes.
Students are well supported in dealing with the challenges by our skilled outdoor staff and members of the Pastoral Team, while the oft repeated mantra comes from their encouraging peers – ‘You can do it!’
Strong emphasis is also placed on community living, co-operative learning, goal setting and environmental stewardship.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DEAS)
The sequential Outdoor Education Program is complemented by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
This program is entirely voluntary and each participant is free to choose their own program of activities and to progress according to personal needs, aptitude and availability of resources.
This Award Scheme is an internationally known program that encourages a sense of initiative amongst its participants. It is broken up into four areas: Community Service, Physical Recreation, Skill Development and Expeditions.
Within the Scheme there are 3 Awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Currently there are 120 students enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, a significant number of whom are completing their Gold Award. This is a significant achievement which takes place out of school hours.
The DEAS may be undertaken from Year 9 onwards, with students working their way through the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
To fulfill all the requirements of the Gold Award is a significant achievement.