Outdoor education is about adventure, knowledge, skill training, excitement, perseverance, commitment, self satisfaction, awareness, trepidation and fun. It has much to do with freedom.....and responsibility.
Specific themes are explored in each year level but Outdoor Education is multi-disciplinary, containing elements of Personal Development, History, Geography, Science, Mathematics, English and Art, intertwined in a maze of emotions and experiences.
This is a nine day marine based camp and takes advantage of the amazing islands and reefs that are a feature of North Queensland. A significant part of this trip is sailing a tall ship, the "South Passage" (operated by the Sail Training Association of Queensland). Students form the crew of this ship and, under expert instruction, learn to sail it between the Port of Townsville and our Island Base Camps on Pelorus and Dunk. Students also undertake a complete course in snorkeling and breath hold diving. This, combined with a marine study, allows them to better understand The Great Barrier Reef. Rogaining and bush walking and are island based activities that make a change from getting wet. New to this program is the development of balancing skills using stand-up paddle boards and the slack line. Culinary capabilities and creative cooking skills are tested and more importantly, tasted! An incredible overall experience, that is not to be missed.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is available for interested students participating from Year 8 upwards. This program also allows Year 11 and 12 students to continue their Outdoor Education as they complete their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.
Danish educator Hahn came up with the 10 Expeditionary Learning Skills in the first half of the 20th century. ‘Primacy of Self Discovery’ relates closely to the Outdoor Education program.
Primacy of self-discovery
Learning happens best with emotion, challenge and the requisite support. People discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. In expeditionary learning schools, students undertake tasks that require perseverance, fitness, craftsmanship, imagination, self-discipline, and significant achievement. A teacher's primary task is to help students overcome their fears and discover they can do more than they think they can.